TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael has upended the governor’s race in Florida, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee who spent days in the storm’s path.
Before Michael made landfall, Gillum was a constant presence on national TV. He made repeat appearances on the Weather Channel and on CNN. The broadcasts gave him substantial exposure less than a month before his showdown against Republican Ron DeSantis.
But the appearances also carry risks if the storm is particularly damaging and Tallahassee can’t recover quickly.
Gillum is shown by some polls to have a slight lead. He has no direct control over agencies preparing for the hurricane. He downplayed the exposure, pointing out that he was interviewed repeatedly during earlier storms that threatened the region.