Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Ben Jealous Could Be the First Black Governors of Their States. Here’s How ...
Florida, Georgia, and Maryland have never had a black governor. No black person has ever been the Democratic Party nominee for governor in Florida or Georgia ...
With Andrew Gillum's upset victory in Florida, black candidates have won the Democratic nomination for governor in three states this year in a historic turn largely attributed to voter backlash against President Donald Trump.
Gillum, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland were all aided in recent months by strong turnout, especially among black voters.
"This moment is defined by the politics of Trump and the Republican Party, which are grounded in bigotry, fear and racism," said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of Black PAC. "I think voters are responding to that by showing up to the polls as a protest to the politics that we're seeing right now."
Voters have elected just two black governors in U.S. history — in 2006 in Massachusetts and 1989 in Virginia.