Andrew Gillum's Stunning Victory Sets Up an Epic Governor's Race in Florida

Andrew Gillum's Stunning Victory Sets Up an Epic Governor's Race in Florida

Current Republican Gov. Rick Scott easily defeated a nominal challenger to win the GOP nomination. He would be the first African-American governor of Florida.

Gillum finished strong in each of Florida's major cities, including Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and his home city of Tallahassee.

Gillum won the primary with 34 percent of the vote, the Associated Press projected Tuesday night with 87 percent of precincts reporting. Bob Graham, who's the preferred candidate of the national party - and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the progressive favorite and has the backing of Vermont Sen.

Ron DeSantis won the Florida Republican gubernatorial nomination with a campaign that highlighted his lockstep support for Trump as a member of the U.S. House and constantly reminded voters that: "Ron DeSantis is fully endorsed by President Donald Trump!". After Tuesday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who joined him on the campaign trail. DeSantis was one of several Republicans running in contests in Florida and Arizona who hoped that cozying up to the president would be rewarded by voters.

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The building is now named for Richard Russell, a former senator from Georgia who served for over 40 years. "This is Washington. Mr Davis also shared Mr McCain's farewell statement in which he described himself as "the luckiest person on earth".

His decision sets up a showdown in the Democratic primary with Rep. Darren Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, who succeeded Grayson after he made an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2016.

Though he has received praise from far and wide this week, the three Republican candidates running to replace his retiring seat-mate, Flake - including establishment favorite McSally - aligned themselves more with the president than the longtime senator. His grassroots campaign mirrors that of Ocasio-Cortez, whose takedown of New York City goliath Rep. Joe Crowley sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party earlier this year.

Besides Graham, Gillum turned back former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who poured $29 million of his personal wealth into the race and saturated the state with 30 different campaign ads.

DeSantis entered the race a month after Trump's December tweeted that he would make "a GREAT governor". "I look forward to being that governor because I know that beneath my name is also a desire by the majority of people in this state to see real criminal justice reform take hold in the state of Florida".

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