Incumbents Curbelo, Murphy win big in Florida congressional primaries

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"What has made Andrew's campaign so powerful is that he's not just working hard to win an election, he has laid out a vision for a new course for the state of Florida and our country", Sanders said Tuesday night.

The heavily favored Graham, a party centrist and daughter of former governor and senator Bob Graham, lost to Gillum, who is bidding to become the first African-American governor of his state. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who joined him on the campaign trail.

DeSantis has run as a strong supporter of Trump since launching his campaign in January, after the president tweeted in December 2017 that he'd make a "GREAT" governor of Florida.

On the Republican side, DeSantis, a USA 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.

Gillum beat out four other wealthy candidates, including Gwen Graham who was once a member of Congress and a projected frontrunner in the race.

The Tampa Bay Times politics staff is here to walk you through what's sure to be a wild day in Florida politics, with competitive primaries at the local, state and federal level all up for grabs. Graham is being challenged by former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, billionaire Jeff Greene and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.

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DeSantis tied himself closely to Trump in the primary, and it paid off.

Late in the race, the left rallied around underdog Gillum and he began to chip away at Graham's lead, eventually overtaking her family's political legacy late Tuesday night.

Tonight, Republican voters in Florida will nominate a candidate to run for governor, as term-limited Gov. Rick Scott, R, is running for U.S Senate. He easily won his primary, setting up a showdown with Democratic Sen.

Florida's Republican Party has also taken a turn toward Trump as Blaise Ingoglia took over.

Florida voters now face one of the starkest choices of the 2018 election season that will see plenty of stark choices in plenty of states.



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