Could race be used as motivation in next month’s Florida gubernatorial election? According to an article by Steve Stewart of Tallahassee Reports, one organization appears to be trying it.
A group referring to itself as “Black Voters Matter” is using what Stewart called “race-baiting techniques” as a means to get out the vote for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and Florida State Rep. Sean Shaw, the state’s Democratic nominee for state attorney general.
“[Tallahassee Reports] has recovered a text message sent to a potential Florida voter from a Black Voter Matters volunteer which refers to voting for Andrew Gillum as a way to end ‘Jim Crow FL!'” Stewart wrote.
In his report, Stewart offered a screenshot of the text message.
Gillum faces Sunshine State Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis in next month’s general election, which according to polling shows Gillum with a slight edge. Shaw faces former Tampa area judge Ashley Moody in his contest.
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