Andrew Gillum continues editorial board dominance with Miami Herald endorsement

Andrew Gillum

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has landed the endorsement of the Miami Herald.

“The tenacity, political smarts and commitment to public service that propelled this Tallahassee mayor to victory from the bottom of the pack of better-known candidates in August’s Democratic primary speak volumes,” writes the editorial board.

“We think that each quality will serve him well as he likely confronts and negotiates with a Republican-dominated Legislature.”

The newspaper particularly took to task GOP leaders in Tallahassee, who the editorial board wrote have become “used to falling into line behind a governor whose often skewed sense of public service too often matched their own.”

“Floridians can only expect more of the same should Gillum’s Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, move into the Governor’s Mansion,” the board wrote.

The endorsement marks another success in landing major newspaper endorsements in Florida.

Gillum previously landed endorsements from the Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Tampa Bay Times and Orlando Sentinel.

It’s been a turnaround in terms of success with newspaper writers, after Gillum failed to win any major newspaper endorsements leading into the Aug. 28 Democratic primary.

Of course, a number of newspapers in the state have not issued endorsements for governor. That includes both Gillum’s hometown Tallahassee Democrat and DeSantis’ local paper Florida Today. Neither paper made recommendations before the primary.

Gillum’s campaign heavily touted the Herald endorsement, which comes in advance of a CNN debate between Gillum and DeSantis scheduled in Tampa this evening.

What bearing newspaper endorsements may have on the outcome of the election remains somewhat unclear.

St. Pete Polls this week took the first post-Hurricane Michael poll of voters statewide and found the race virtually tied, with Gillum at 47 percent and DeSantis at 46 percent, but with DeSantis leading 49-45 among those who have already voted.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Corey

    October 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    The Miami Herald is to the left of Marx. So who cares.

  • Mark

    October 22, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    You picked a poll showing a tight race for whatever reason. There are others: An Oct. 16-20 Florida poll from CNN (MoE +/- 4.2 percent) shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson leading Republican Rick Scott 50 percent to to 45 percent among likely voters, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis 54 percent to 42 percent.
    It is fair to say the Gillum has held a consistent lead in the polls.

  • Sam taba

    October 28, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Florida newspapers are nothing more than than democrats propaganda machines. Pathetic group of lowbrow scriblers overseeing the demise of the newsprint industry. Instead of learned discussion around the office water cooler they circle the office toilet.

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