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Track who Florida Democrats are endorsing for president

Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg are Florida elected officials’ favorites.
The Times is tracking who Florida elected Democrats are endorsing for president in 2020. [TARA MCCARTY | Tara McCarty]

The Tampa Bay Times is tracking who endorses each Democratic candidate for president.

We’ve compiled a list of three dozen elected Democrats across Florida, including state officials, members of Congress, mayors and state legislators. Endorsements from Florida Democrats like Nikki Fried, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson will appear here.

Joe Biden’s endorsements include former U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Bob Graham, who was also governor of Florida. Mike Bloomberg’s endorsements include Bob Buckhorn, the former Tampa mayor. Pete Buttigieg’s endorsements include former Tampa state legislator and 2018 attorney general nominee Sean Shaw.

We are also tracking endorsements of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

We will update the list as endorsements are made.

Who have Florida Democrats endorsed for the 2020 presidential primary?

Here is the full list of Democrats whose endorsements we are tracking:

  • Nikki Fried — Agriculture commissioner, only active Democrat elected statewide
  • Andrew Gillum — Former Tallahassee Mayor, nominee for governor
  • Bob Graham — Former governor and U.S. Senator
  • Bill Nelson — Former U.S. Senator
  • Alex Sink — Former state CFO, candidate for governor
  • Al Lawson — U.S. Rep., D-Tallahassee
  • Stephanie Murphy — U.S. Rep., D-Winter Park
  • Darren Soto — U.S. Rep., D-Orlando
  • Val Demings — U.S. Rep., D-Orlando
  • Charlie Crist — U.S. Rep., D-St. Petersburg
  • Kathy Castor — U.S. Rep., D-Tampa
  • Alcee Hastings — U.S. Rep., D-Miramar
  • Lois Frankel — U.S. Rep., D-West Palm Beach
  • Ted Deutch — U.S. Rep., D-Boca Raton
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz — U.S. Rep., D-Weston, former DNC chairwoman
  • Frederica Wilson — U.S. Rep., D-Miami Gardens
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell — U.S. Rep., D-Miami Gardens
  • Donna Shalala — U.S. Rep., D-Coral Gables
  • Audrey Gibson — Fla. Senate Minority Leader, D-Jacksonville
  • Kionne McGhee — Fla. House Minority Leader, D-Miami
  • Oscar Braynon II — Former Fla. Senate Minority Leader
  • Janet Cruz — Former Fla. House Minority Leader, Fla. Sen., D-Tampa
  • Ben Diamond — State Rep., D-St. Petersburg
  • Anna Eskamani — State Rep., D-Orlando
  • Carlos Guillermo Smith — State Rep., D-Orlando
  • Jennifer Webb — State Rep., D-St. Petersburg
  • Gwen Graham — Former U.S. Rep., candidate for governor
  • Philip Levine — Former Miami Beach mayor, candidate for governor
  • Chris King — Nominee for lieutenant governor, candidate for governor
  • Jeff Greene — Developer, school founder, candidate for governor
  • Jane Castor — Tampa Mayor
  • Buddy Dyer — Orlando Mayor
  • Rick Kriseman — St. Petersburg Mayor
  • Bob Buckhorn — Former Tampa Mayor
  • Sean Shaw — Former Fla. Rep., nominee for attorney general
  • Jeremy Ring — Former Fla. Sen., nominee for chief financial officer

How we picked this list:

The Times set out to track who Florida’s most prominent elected Democrats endorsed in the presidential primary. We included Democrats who are:

  • Current statewide elected officials
  • Former statewide elected officials
  • Current members of U.S. Congress
  • Mayors of the state’s top five cities by population. (Jacksonville and Miami have Republican mayors. We included former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who left office in 2019.)
  • Current and most recent party leaders in the Florida Legislature
  • Prominent / rising state legislators
  • Prominent candidates for governor in 2018
  • Nominees for Cabinet in 2018

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