Trump didn't have a pick in the Republican race which helped McSally, an establishment Republican, fend off two hardline Trumpians who share the president's antipathy to immigration. "Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch group pours almost M into ads to boost three GOP Senate candidates Gillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida McSally prevails in nasty Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE needs to condemn this".
Democrats had been hoping for a victory by one of the extreme right-wing candidates - Ward or Arpaio - in a bid to increase their chances of capturing the Arizona Senate seat.
Implicitly denouncing the divisive and hate-filled platforms of DeSantis and President Donald Trump, Gillum declared at his victory party Tuesday night that his campaign is "going to unite this state".
The governor's race, in a state sure to be a battleground in the 2020 presidential election, will essentially be a referendum on Trump. "That is not going to work", DeSantis had said during an appearance on Fox News's "America's Newsroom". Bob Graham, beat Republican incumbent Steve Southerland in 2014 for Florida's 2nd Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in Congress until 2016, when redistricting took place.
Greene's campaign, though, unexpectedly pulled almost all of his television ads last week, which was viewed as a white flag.
DeSantis was first elected to Congress in 2012, running as a Washington outsider.
"I am not surprised at what he has aspired to in his life", said Centinaro. "Everyone kept trying to vote for someone middle of the ground, someone who they thought would win". But I don't think middle of the ground wins any more. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump and who is retiring. Orlando-area businessman Chris King finished last. But he had prominent elected officials - including Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, strongly advocating on his behalf.
Gillum's Republican opponent couldn't be more different.
Gillum has denied his involvement and even put out a statement insisting the FBI told him he was not the focus of the investigation that involves the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency, an agency critics have said is a magnet for cronyism and ripe for mismanagement.
The differences between the candidates are pronounced.
Gillum ran on several progressive policies, including gun reform, LGBTQ rights and universal healthcare.
Gillum is one step away from becoming the first black governor in Florida's history, and he made it to that point by being a loud-and-proud Bernie-style progressive.
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