Democratic candidate for governor, Philip Levine, on Thursday released his final television spot (see below) of the primary campaign. The spot, called “Florida’s Moment,” comes just five days before the primary and Levine says it’s designed to focus voters’ attention on what is at stake in this election, and on what Levine call’s Florida’s chance “to reach its full potential and become a state with real gun safety laws, safer schools, a 21st century economy, and stronger environmental protection policies.”
“We now have the chance, to show what it means to be a Floridian,” Levine says at the beginning of the ad.
“That we want stronger gun laws and safer schools,” Levine goes on to say. “That we have jobs that make more, and mean more. That there’s nothing we won’t do to protect our environment and that we won’t tolerate the hatred now tearing our nation apart.
“This is our moment—to show America that when people pull together, there’s nothing we will not do to make life better for everyone,” Levine says in the spot.
“This election is about more than any one person; it’s about Florida’s future, our future. Democrats must stand strong against the divisiveness coming from Washington and offer a positive, compelling vision of what Florida and our nation can be, and Philip Levine has that vision,” said Christian Ulvert, senior adviser for the Levine campaign.
The seven-figure ad buy will run in television markets across the state and will air through election day.
“A hundred percent. Hundred percent. Because this is a fight for the soul of the nation,” Levine responded. “And I would say that investing in your own campaign, as well as the money we’ve been able to raise, it’s been well worth it.”
Levine has put a lot of his personal wealth, approximately $19 million, into his campaign’s television spots. During a stop in Tallahassee on Wednesday, Levine was asked if it was worth it.
A poll released Wednesday by Democratic pollster Tom Eldon of SEA Polling & Strategic Design, shows Levine with a 1-point lead over Gwen Graham, 26 percent to 25 percent. Andrew Gillum is third with 18 percent, followed by Jeff Greene at 13 percent, and Chris King 2 percent. The percentage of undecided voters is 15 percent.