News 6 coverage of race results in 2018 Florida Primary


Jeff Flake. That race was shadowed by the death of John McCain, a towering figure who represented Arizona in the Senate for six terms.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey planned to name a replacement to fill McCain's seat after the primary.

Trump, who captured the battleground state of Florida by just more than one percentage point in the 2016 White House race, tweeted his congratulations to DeSantis after the victory and said he would be "a fantastic governor". The fall face-offs could well signal how they'll swing in the 2020 presidential election.

"I changed my vote when Trump supported DeSantis", said the 67-year-old retiree from Pinellas County. Here is one of his campaign videos. "That's what the political revolution is all about and Andrew Gillum is helping to lead it".

Joe Dinkins of the Working Families Party noted that Gillum scored his primary upset win over better-known and better-funded Democrats by running as "an unapologetic progressive who supports criminal justice reform, Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and more..."

In Arizona, McCain's death after a yearlong battle with brain cancer loomed over the primary contests.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows DeSantis leading Putnam and several other candidates, though the race has tightened in the final weeks of the campaign. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening. His backing helped push DeSantis past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has held elected office in Florida since 1996, quickly built up establishment support and raised millions of dollars.

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Among African-American and young voters, key voting blocs that have been dormant in recent elections, Gillum's win could mean an even more motivated electorate come Election Day. Former Rep. Gwen Graham, whose father, Bob Graham, served as governor, had hoped to position herself to become the state's first female governor.

Gillum was a favorite among many groups that call themselves progressive Democrats. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed and campaigned for Gillum in Florida earlier this month.

The conservative DeSantis easily won the Republican primary by highlighting his enthusiastic loyalty to Trump.

"I have been really slow to try to think on it because it's too big", he said.

Levine, thought to have been the second most-popular candidate of the three for several weeks, finished a distant third with about 20 percent of the vote and lost his home county of Miami-Dade to Gillum by almost 10,000 votes. The polls had him at just 16 percent.

But former state Sen. Now, he'll face Democratic Sen. McSally has already launched advertising aimed at her likely Democratic opponent in November, U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema.