GOVERNOR: Democrats face off in Florida gubernatorial race

GOVERNOR: Democrats face off in Florida gubernatorial race

GOVERNOR: Democrats face off in Florida gubernatorial race

"(Gillum) wants to abolish ICE; he wants a billion-dollar tax increase; he wants a single payer health care system in Florida, which would bankrupt the state. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed him.

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..."

Dr. Atira Charles of Tallahassee, center, reacts to early results showing Andrew Gillum closing on Gwen Graham in the race to become the Democratic candidate for governor, August 28, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla.

With 51 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis led state Agriculture Commissioner and former Rep. Adam Putnam 56 percent to 37 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

Seven candidates fought for for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, with Gillum surpassing many expectations.

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Republicans haven't lost a governor's race in the Sunshine State since 1994.

The nomination is historic - Gillum is the state's first African-American nominee for governor.

There are several key races, including the contest for governor, which President Trump has even weighed in on.

He led by almost 20 percentage points with about 85 per cent of votes counted.

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis each defeated the establishment picks in their respective gubernatorial primaries in Florida and will face each other in November.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vacating the governor's mansion to run for Senate.

DeSantis, who has represented Florida's 6th district in Congress since being elected in 2012, has frequently defended Trump on Fox News and in an advertisement in July that "teaches" his young children about the president.

In November, Florida might have the highest turnout in a midterm election since the 1950s, according to McDonald. He easily won his primary, setting up a showdown with Democratic Sen.

DeSantis entered the race a month after Trump's December tweeted that he would make "a GREAT governor".

The race is already one of the most expensive in the country.

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Sinema's and McSally's Senate runs also have created House openings in Arizona, a fast-growing and increasingly diverse state where Democrats are eager to gain a foothold.

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