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U.S. Senator Cory Booker embraces Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at a fundraiser in Newark on September 24, 2018. Looking on are Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy.

Booker raises money for Gillum, Abrams in New Jersey

Governor, First Lady boost efforts to elect Dem governors in Florida, Georgia

By David Wildstein, September 24 2018 10:45 am

Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates were in New Jersey to raise money at events co-hosted by U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum raised more than $30,000 for his bid to become the governor of Florida at an event on Sunday in Edison.  Gov. Phil Murphy, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka were among the attendees.

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, was in Newark today for an event that brought in more than $70,000.  First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, and Baraka were among those in attendance.  Abrams is the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Both races are open seats and are attracting national attention after Democrats nominated black progressive candidates in red states.

Booker, a potential candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has raised over $5 million for Democratic candidates this cycle.

A University of North Florida poll released this morning has Gillum leading former Rep. Ron DeSantis by four points, 47%-43%.   An Atlanta Constitution poll conducted before Labor Day has the race between Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp tied at 45%.

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