Andrew Gillum with his wife, R. Jai Gillum at his side addresses his supporters after winning the Democrat primary for governor, August 28, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. "My mother said the only thing in life you should ever ask for is a chance", he said in a pre-election tweet. "It is all about base".
Flake's seat is coveted by Democrats who are hoping to win a Senate majority in the fall.
Trump welcomed DeSantis's victory in Florida and criticized Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, the Florida capital. For the first time, Democrats are running two progressive African-Americans in the South who have consciously avoided tacking to the center. Gillum's strong anti-Trump stance is noteworthy nonetheless.
Hogg, one of the survivors of a February school shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school, told The Washington Post that Gillum's involvement in the movement for stricter gun laws following the shooting inspired many of Florida's younger voters to turn out on Tuesday.
Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the GOP primary with President Trump's endorsement, drew charges of racism over a comment he made Wednesday morning on Fox News after Gillum's morning appearance. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and the "democratic socialist" bloc. He supports abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
Gillum was the only Democrat in the governor's race to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Whites represent about 64 percent of voters, 16 percent are Hispanic and 13 percent are black. "He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!", the president wrote. He had momentum, which was evident by an event he held with Sanders this month in Tampa that drew about 1,000 people and raised eyebrows.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, Martha McSally, a former Air Force pilot and GOP establishment favorite, beat out more conservative Republicans in the race to replace retiring Sen.
In a tweet Wednesday, Trump says McSally is "an extraordinary woman". "It is morphing into KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"
Besides Graham, Gillum turned back former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who poured $29 million of his personal wealth into the race and saturated the state with 30 different campaign ads. That's despite Democrat Sinema's lead - so far - in general-election polls over Republican McSally.
On the Republican side, however, just 49 women will be their party's standard-bearer out of 435 seats. The governor was expected to easily win his party's nomination for a second term in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary. She will face Lea Marquez Peterson, who won the Republican nomination.
Graham opted not to seek re-election in 2016 after the state Supreme Court drastically redrew her House district.
But Democrat Donna Shalala, a longtime party insider who ran the USA healthcare agenda under former President Bill Clinton, bested several male candidates to win the nomination for a competitive congressional seat in Miami.