Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 6. And how big-time Hollywood names are turning up in the Sunshine State, you would think Gillum is running for president. But his campaign is just as important, if not more. If the Tallahassee mayor and FAMU graduate wins, he will be Florida’s first black governor. Gillum is going up against Republican gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis. The avid Trump supporter’s underlined racial comments have been a major factor in the race.
One of the 39-year-old’s biggest endorsement came to Miami on Friday, former president Barack Obama.
Mr. Obama told the Miami crowd on Friday that this Florida election was the election of a lifetime.
“The real reason I came down to Miami,” Obama said, ” because this Tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes. Politicians will always say that, but this time it’s actually true. The stakes are that high. The consequences of any other staying home really are more dangerous. ”
After the rally, the former President Obama, Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson ( the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate) stopped at Coyo Loco restaurant in Miami and made people’s lives that day. A couple of people even shrieked.
So @BarackObama @AndrewGillum and @SenBillNelson dropped in at @coyotacowynwood after their Miami rally. People shrieked.
A huge crowd formed. Obama took some tacos to go.#Florida#ElectionDay #2nov #Wynwood pic.twitter.com/3zFuTKRU06
— #Republico Bob Marinkovich (@ElMarinkovich) November 3, 2018
Miami-rapper, DJ Khaled tweeted the moment of Gillum and Obama, lending his support. “I’ve seen his work,” Khaled tweeted, “one thing for certain Andrew Gillum is for the people.”
Another celebrity endorsement was fellow FAMU graduate, rapper and actor, Common. He came to Orlando on Saturday for a rally at the University of Central Florida and performed.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced,” he tweeted, quoting famed writer, James Baldwin. “Andrew Gillum is ready to courageously face the most pressing issues of our time to spark the change needed to heal and progress forward.”
— COMMON (@common) November 3, 2018
To help pull in the Latin vote, actress Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana, Gina Rodriguez, and Rosario Dawson also joined the Gillums in Orlando this past weekend.
“We are making history here in Florida people, ” Longoria tweeted. ” Latinas unite for the betterment of our country!
We are making history here in Florida people!! Latinas Unite for the betterment of our country! Get out there on Tuesday and VOTE mi gente #MidtermsMatter #LatinasStandUp #SomosMas pic.twitter.com/ooWZDid4WP
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) November 5, 2018
And Rihanna wants everyone in Florida to ‘grab em’ by the midterms’! The Fenty Queen endorsed Gillum over the weekend.
“The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, ” the singer wrote on her Instagram on Sunday, ” and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what they’re worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida.”
FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. Let’s #bringithome. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th! https://t.co/ApH5hN7anc pic.twitter.com/Kpxz9XleYZ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 4, 2018
It’s also possible that the latest cease and desist letter could be coming from the singer. Over the weekend, Washington Post’s Philip Rucker brought it to her attention that her song, “Don’t Stop The Music,” was blaring at a Trump MAGA rally in Tennessee. She responded and retweeted, “Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up, Philip!”
Other celebrity endorsements include Al Sharpton, producer and writer, Ava DuVernay, director Lee Daniels and actress and comedian, Niecy Nash, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Jimmy Buffett.
“They [celebrities] are a draw, ” Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness told the Sun Sentinel. “People look to them. They watch them on television. They watch them in the movies, and there is affinity toward many of these celebrities. So they are utilizing the star power that they have to make a difference.”
Let’s hope it works! And Florida #BringsItHome