Liberal Democrat, Trump-backed conservative to face off for governor of Florida

Primary day in Florida and Arizona [UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT]

Ron DeSantis Rides Trump Coattails To Victory In Florida Primary For Governor

Gillum will now square off with DeSantis in what will be viewed as a referendum on Trump in a battle to replace Scott, who easily won his primary battle Tuesday for the Republican nomination to challenge Bill Nelson, a moderate Democrat, for his USA senate seat.

Gillum, who lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three children, said he is running for governor because he believes Florida is in need of new and creative ways to rebuild the state's economy, revitalize public education, protect and expand healthcare access and address the crisis of climate change. Bernie Saunders. Gillum was a 23-year-old Florida A&M student when he became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003.

DeSantis, who was endorsed by Trump, beat state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for the Republican nomination for governor, the Associated Press projected. Gillum was beating Graham by about a 2-to-1 margin in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Check back here for updates.

A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in the state's primary for governor while President Donald Trump's favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

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He also dismissed the congratulatory tweet from progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Gillum, adding that there are people in Florida "who have fled socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela" and that they don't want that "imported into Florida". DeSantis became the favorite in the race even though the Iraq war veteran is fairly new to Florida's political scene. "I think being a progressive and being on the right side of history is going to make a difference".

DeSantis will test Trump's grip on a crucial state he won in 2016.

And Gillum has faced questions about an FBI investigation that apears to be focused on Tallahassee city government, though the target is unclear and Gillum has said he has a "zero tolerance" for corruption.

Putnam, a former congressman who was once seen as a rising star in the GOP, criticized DeSantis as nothing more than a puppet of the president and said he was out of touch with Florida-specific issues.

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"Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida".

Graham and Levine later were challenged with the entrance in the race of Greene, a brash Democrat who made a failed U.S. Senate bid in 2010.

"I seem to be the one", she sighed, after being attacked by two of her opponents.

Elsewhere Tuesday, GOP voters in reliably Republican Oklahoma backed mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt in a runoff for the gubernatorial nomination. "That, in the shadow of Donald Trump in Washington, would be poetic justice in this country".

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Voters are also picking the nominees for two Cabinet positions and several congressional seats.

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