Published: Wed, August 29, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

GOVERNOR: Democrats face off in Florida gubernatorial race

GOVERNOR: Democrats face off in Florida gubernatorial race

Florida voters delivered a major upset in the Democratic gubernatorial race Tuesday night, sending Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on to November's general election ballot, where he will face Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Gillum is his party's third black gubernatorial nominee this campaign season, along with Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland.

Gillum won the primary with 34 percent of the vote, the Associated Press projected Tuesday night with 87 percent of precincts reporting. With the primary win, he toppled Gwen Graham - who was favored to win - and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. Check back here for updates.

DeSantis's primary campaign picked up a ton of momentum after receiving the endorsement of President Donald Trump, helping him earn 56.5% of the vote against Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed and campaigned for Gillum in Florida earlier this month. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together.

Florida and Arizona are both closely watched states, featuring growing minority populations that have bolstered Democratic candidates and Republican electorates that have grown older and more conservative. Graham had been expected to win, albeit in a close race.

President Trump listens as Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Make America Great Again Rally in Tampa last month.

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"All indications that we are going to have an usually high turnout at least in recent years", said Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida.

I'm trying to make Florida even better, he wants to make Florida Venezuela.

Republicans have dominated midterm elections in Florida for two decades.

Republicans have held the governor's mansion in the swing state since 1999, but the GOP is seen as increasingly vulnerable because of controversies surrounding Trump.

His decision sets up a showdown in the Democratic primary with Rep. Darren Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, who succeeded Grayson after he made an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2016. Gillum had consistently trailed in the few polls on the race, but scored a boost with the endorsement of Sen. The Vermont senator released a statement Tuesday night praising Gillum's "powerful" campaign message.

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