FL Candidates For Governor Expected To Announce Runningmates

Florida's candidates for governor are expected to name their running mates on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the Republican nomination, will announce his selection at an event with other high profile GOP candidates in Orlando – including current Gov. Rick Scott, who is term-limited and is running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Multiple reports suggest DeSantis will select State Representative Jeanette Nunez of Miami for the number two spot. The 46-year-old Nunez, who served as Speaker pro tempore, would be the first Cuban American woman to serve in the state’s executive branch if elected.

Neither DeSantis nor Nunez would confirm the reports.

Meanwhile, Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum will announce his selection live on his Facebook page at 10 a.m. Thursday.

In Gillum's ring, a variety of names are being considered – including State Sen. Lauren Book of Plantation as well as former U.S. Representatives Gwen Graham, who Gillum beat in the primary election, and Patrick Murphy.

Gillum became the first African-American nominated by a major party for Florida’s top spot when he beat four other candidates last month.


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