The Democratic primary is now close between former Rep. Gwen Graham - a centrist and daughter of former governor and Sen. The underdog piled up big margins in most of Florida's urban areas, and will now face Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Trump-endorsed GOP nominee, in what will be a general election of stark ideological contrasts. 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.
The primaries in Arizona and Florida on Tuesday are the last big day of state primaries before November's elections.
Gillum finished strong in each of Florida's major cities, including Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and his home city of Tallahassee.
On the Republican side, DeSantis, a US congressman from the Jacksonville area, stomped Adam Putnam, a former congressman and current Commissioner of Agriculture in Florida, with more than 56 percent of the vote. Graham had been expected to win, albeit in a close race. "I'm trying to make Florida even better, he's trying to make Florida Venezuela".
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The Arizona seat of retiring Republican Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, is considered one of the two top takeover targets for Democrats, along with Nevada.
Meanwhile, in good news for both the Democrats and the nation, the deplorable Alan Grayson (remember him) has lost to Rep. Darren Soto in the Democratic primary in Florida's 9th congressional district. Bill Nelson, who is defending his seat against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Gillum was the only candidate who said he'd raise corporate income taxes, and he often talked about winning a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association during his time as mayor. "What's at issue is the quality of our public schools, and access to health care and cleaning up the green slime fouling our waterways".
Gillum came from behind in a crowded and diverse Democratic field. Gillum had consistently trailed in the few polls on the race, but scored a boost with the endorsement of Sen. "And here we are". The Vermont senator released a statement Tuesday night praising Gillum's "powerful" campaign message.