By Carma Henry

Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.

By Barrington Salmon, NNPA Newswire Contributor, Courtesy of the Florida Phoenix

In the 399 years that Black people have been in this country, only a handful of African Americans have been elected governor of a state.

2018 could be a watershed.

On Nov. 6, three African Americans are vying to be elected governors of their respective states: Stacey Abrams, who would be the first-ever female governor in Georgia; Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

During the primary season, vaunted “experts” and prognosticators pegged the Florida race wrong. Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.

A part of the surprise result has to do with the polls themselves, but a larger issue is that pollsters very rarely bother to take the pulse of African Americans. So, the enthusiasm and support that Gillum has among Black voters – who make up 33 percent of the Democratic base in Florida – flew under the radar.
There’s a particular type of energy Gillum’s race has ignited. Call …read more

Source:: The Westside Gazette