History-making runs turn black governor nominees into stars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three black candidates for governor are being treated like rock stars at the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual legislative conference.

Stacey Abrams is running in Georgia, Ben Jealous is running in Maryland and Andrew Gillum is running in Florida. If all are elected, it would give the U.S. the largest number of black governors in its history.

The three appeared together at the conference, with Jealous saying they’ve known one another for decades.

Abrams could become the nation’s first black female governor and is getting the most national attention.

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But all three were squired around Washington by black politicos strategizing on ways to help on turnout, campaigning and fundraising.

They say the national attention for their primary wins will bring out Democratic voters who might not have voted otherwise.

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