Andrew Gillum wins historic Democratic nomination for Florida governor

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Gillum, 39 and the first black nominee for governor in Florida, has not identified as a democratic socialist but embraced the rising progressive wing of the party and adopted policies such as Medicare-for-All and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The election of either Abrams or Gillum would make history for Democrats, as there has never been a black Governor in Georgia or Florida.

DeSantis came from behind with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built the support of the party establishment.

Gillum also won the support of nationally prominent progressives like NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

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Though Trump's approval rating in Florida is underwater - more negative than positive - he's more popular in the Sunshine State than he is nationwide. "I think it's going to be a great contrast and we will make sure we take it to him".

"On to November!" tweeted Trump. Two congresswomen are in the running for Flake's seat: Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the Democratic nod and Rep. Martha McSally is the Republican nominee. The other is that the recent conviction of Paul Manafort, the guilty pleas of Michael Cohen, and countless other scandals related to President Trump and his administration are of very little interest to many voters.

Fox News projected the victory at approximately 8:30pm Tuesday evening, with sitting Governor Rick Scott -faced with term limits- winning the GOP nomination for the Senate. That status was challenged over the summer by Levine, who used almost $27 million of his personal money to swamp Florida's 10 expensive media markets starting in November, far earlier than any other candidate on TV. "That is why Senator Bernie Sanders, local groups, and Gillum's grassroots army got out the vote to put him over the top in this primary".

The victor of the Florida governor's race will give his party an advantage in a key political battleground heading into the 2020 presidential campaign.

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The marquee contests could be unusually volatile because of President Donald Trump, who already has injected himself into both contests, and the political effects of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The fifth-generation Floridian then went on to serve five years in Congress representing the Central Florida-based 12th congressional district.

McCain's death has highlighted anew the shift in the Republican Party since he captured the GOP nomination for president in 2008.

Voting was also underway in Oklahoma, where two GOP candidates in a runoff race for governor have been battling over who is more supportive of Trump.

A CNN survey in June found that 67 per cent of Democrats had a favourable opinion of McCain, while just 33 per cent of Republicans did.

Among those on the Arizona ballot was former state Sen.

Ward apologized Monday, saying she was bemoaning media coverage rather than the family's announcement. Trump spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence past year by pardoning his federal conviction stemming from immigration patrols.

In the 1st District in Florida's panhandle, Jennifer Zimmerman, a physician whose husband is Jewish, won the Democratic nod to face incumbent GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, like DeSantis, a prominent House backer of Trump, and like Rooney, seen as in a safe seat. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

But voters delivered an unexpected showdown in the race for governor.

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