In an endorsement that could help build her standing with progressives and strengthen her support among those who side with women’s issues, the National Organization of Women’s Florida Political Action Committee announced Monday morning it is supporting Democratic candidate for governor, Gwen Graham.
NOW’s announcement comes eight days before the primary. Early voting and vote-by-mail have already started.
“We know that Gwen will be supportive of our issues and will bring a much-needed sense of decency, honesty and respect back to the office,” President of Florida NOW Terry Sanders said.
“Gwen has always been a champion for women’s rights, sponsoring the Equal Rights Amendment, Equal Pay and Reproductive freedom legislation while in U.S. Congress. She consistently stands up for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, and she is a champion for the Violence Against Women Act and gun safety legislation,” Sanders added. “We know we can depend on Gwen to veto any legislation that would hurt the women of Florida.”
The NOW endorsement is the latest Graham has received from a pro-choice group. She has also been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, progressive pro-choice women’s group EMILY’s List, and she received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in Congress.
“With Donald Trump’s nomination of another anti-choice justice to the Supreme Court, women’s rights are on the ballot this November,” Graham said in receiving the NOW endorsement. “I am proud to have the endorsement of Florida NOW. Working with their members across the state, we will defend women’s rights in Florida.”
Graham faces former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, real estate investor Jeff Greene, and Orlando area businessman Chris King in the Democratic primary on Aug. 28. Early voting and vote-by-mail has already started.
Recent polls have suggested a close race between Graham and Levine, with Gillum making a strong push heading into the final week of the campaign..