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USA: Democrats turn out for Gillum and Nelson in Florida midterm battle02:38

USA: Democrats turn out for Gillum and Nelson in Florida midterm battle

United States, Orlando, FL
November 4, 2018 at 00:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Senior figures from the Democratic party rallied in support of gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson in Orlando on Saturday, three days before defining midterm elections.

Rising star within the party Julian Castro and congresswoman Stephanie Murphy turned out for the incumbent Senator Nelson and Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor now running for governor of Florida.

Nelson promised that Gillum would "clean up all the mess" made by his opponent Republican Rick Scott when he was governor.

Taking to the stage, Andrew Gillum spoke out against "nonsensical gun violence".

"No parent wants to drop their kid off to school and have to worry about whether or not they're going to pick them up in a body bag." Gillum told the buoyant crowd. "If you want to carry the power of God on your waist belt you ought at least have a background check."

Gillum's comments on gun violence come in the wake of a spate of deadly shootings in Florida, including the Orlando attack and Parkland school shooting.

Florida is seen as a swing state and key in the battle for the US House and Senate.

The sunshine state could make history by electing the first ever black governor in Andrew Gillum, who is running against Trump-backed candidate Ron DeSantis.

USA: Democrats turn out for Gillum and Nelson in Florida midterm battle02:38
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Senior figures from the Democratic party rallied in support of gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson in Orlando on Saturday, three days before defining midterm elections.

Rising star within the party Julian Castro and congresswoman Stephanie Murphy turned out for the incumbent Senator Nelson and Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor now running for governor of Florida.

Nelson promised that Gillum would "clean up all the mess" made by his opponent Republican Rick Scott when he was governor.

Taking to the stage, Andrew Gillum spoke out against "nonsensical gun violence".

"No parent wants to drop their kid off to school and have to worry about whether or not they're going to pick them up in a body bag." Gillum told the buoyant crowd. "If you want to carry the power of God on your waist belt you ought at least have a background check."

Gillum's comments on gun violence come in the wake of a spate of deadly shootings in Florida, including the Orlando attack and Parkland school shooting.

Florida is seen as a swing state and key in the battle for the US House and Senate.

The sunshine state could make history by electing the first ever black governor in Andrew Gillum, who is running against Trump-backed candidate Ron DeSantis.

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