Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer is donating millions of dollars to progressive candidate Andrew Gillum’s campaign for Florida governor.
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The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Steyer directed his political operation to spend more than $5 million on Gillum’s governor’s race against Ron Desantis (R).
Steyer, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, told The Times that he would spend more money in Florida than any other state in the run-up to the November midterm elections.
“He’s a fierce gun control person, he’s been a climate champion,” Steyer said of Gillum in an interview with The Times. “He’s called for the impeachment of the president. He’s been willing to talk plainly to Florida voters, and they’ve responded.”
Steyer added that his financial involvement in Florida would mainly focus on turning out young voters and minorities.
The Times noted that Steyer is scheduled to appear alongside Gillum at a campaign event this weekend.
Gillum has a 3.8 percentage lead over DeSantis, according to an average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the gubernatorial contest a “toss-up.”
The news regarding Steyer’s spending on Gillum’s campaign came the same day it was reported that he may shift his focus to Senate races if Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRepublicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE is fired.
Steyer has pledged to spend $110 million on races across the U.S.