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Report: Pro-Gillum Group Using ‘Race-Baiting Text Messages’ to Motivate Florida Voters

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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.

BVM text message, Tallahassee Reports, 10/16/2018

 

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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