Progressive Upset Means A Sanders-Versus-Trump-Style Battle For Florida Governor

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Graham is a progressive who was endorsed by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and backed by none other than billionaire George Soros, who is known for supporting far-left organizations, interfering in elections, and stirring up conflict across the globe. Shalala will face Maria Elvira Salazar, a former TV news anchor who captured 41 percent of the Republican vote in a nine-person race. Sometimes Democrats have, too. "We're going to try to compel and appeal to the higher values of the people of the state of Florida".

DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said the 39-year-old candidate was referring to Gillum's political positions, not his race.

"It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles", Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo wrote on Twitter.

The race for governor will be closely watched as an indicator ahead of 2020, when Mr Trump could be seeking re-election against a liberal Democratic candidate.

They sent us a statement, saying, "Ron DeSantis was obviously thinking about Floridians not making the wrong decision on policies, on the policies that Gillum espouses".

In a state whose electoral votes went to Trump, the Republican nominee could use voters' support for the president to their advantage. "The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by enacting a socialist agenda with huge tax increases".

Martha McSally defeated Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio to clench the primary for the GOP. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote past year against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters.

U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks to supporters after her primary election victory, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. She was a very talented fighter jet pilot and is now a highly respected member of Congress.

Republican Governor Doug Ducey will make the appointment and has said he will wait until after McCain's funeral on Sunday to publicize his choice.

Ducey's win came one day after President Trump announced his "full and complete" endorsement for him and declared he is doing a great job - notably with ensuring national security. Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

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. One of their best chances is in South Florida, where Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is retiring in a district that should favor Democrats.

"Arizona voters shattered a lavender ceiling in selecting Kyrsten Sinema as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate - and it puts her on-track to be just the second openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator in American history", said Victory Fund President and CEO Annise Parker.