Florida gov­er­nor’s race pits lib­eral Dem vs Trump backer

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, FLA. » A lib­eral Florida Demo­crat pulled off an up­set vic­tory Tues­day in the state’s pri­mary for gov­er­nor while Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s fa­vored can­di­date cruised to vic­tory for the GOP, set­ting up a fierce fall show­down in the na­tion’s largest po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­ground. Tal­la­has­see Mayor An­drew Gil­lum, who would be the state’s first black gov­er­nor, and Repub­li­can Rep. Ron DeSan­tis, both de­feated more mod­er­ate op­po­nents.

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

In Ari­zona, Rep. Martha Mc­Sally fended off a pair of con­ser­va­tive chal­lengers to carry the Repub­li­can Se­nate pri­mary to fill the seat va­cated by re­tir­ing Sen. Jeff Flake. That race was shad­owed by the death of John McCain. Gov. Doug Ducey will name McCain’s re­place­ment af­ter the se­na­tor’s fu­neral.

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