Sanders: ‘Lot of White Folks’ Who Aren’t ‘Necessarily Racist’ Weren’t Comfortable Voting for Gillum, Abrams

Washington Free Beacon | 11/8/2018 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said there are "a lot of white folks" in Florida and Georgia who may have been "uncomfortable" voting for black gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams.

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"I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American," Sanders told The Daily Beast. "I think next time around by the way it will be a lot easier for them to do that."

Gillum conceded defeat Tuesday night in a narrow loss to Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida; Democrats have not won a governor's race in the state since 1994. Republican Brian Kemp declared victory over Abrams and holds a significant lead, but she has not yet conceded defeat as she holds out faint hopes that outstanding votes can get Kemp below the 50-percent threshold and force a runoff.

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