2018 Election

Via News Service of Florida

State Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican who publicly criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, was formally announced Thursday as the running mate for gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, as the GOP’s statewide election slate held a display of unity.

DeSantis, a congressman with close ties to Trump, dismissed talk of Nunez’ initial preference in the 2016 presidential race as he described his lieutenant-governor selection as an “accomplished” mother of three who is someone his daughter could admire.

Both major party nominees for governor announced their picks for lieutenant governor Thursday morning.

Left: Andrew Gillum's Facebook page, Right: Associated Press

Progressives are on the march within the Democratic Party.

Racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, a black Democrat gubernatorial nominee in Florida, went to residents throughout the state recently in an apparent attempt to influence voting.

The 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor and upset candidate is the first black nominee from a major party for Florida governor.

Andrew Gillum
Andrew Gillum's Facebook page

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida Governor by well over 40,000 votes, and about half of those votes were cast in Jacksonville.

In the democratic primary race for Florida's 19th congressional district, which includes coastal portions of Lee and Collier Counties stretching from Fort Myers to Marco Island, financial advisor David Holden defeated healthcare administrator Todd Truax.

Steve Cannon and Lynne Sladky / AP

Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

The mother of a Parkland shooting victim who campaigned on making schools safer was elected to the Broward County school board on Tuesday, as four incumbents fended off challengers — for now.

Lori Alhadeff, who lost her daughter, Alyssa, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was elected to the open seat in the district that includes Parkland with 65 percent of the vote. That’s more than three times the support earned by each of her opponents.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Come November, Wyman Duggan will be facing off against Democrat Tracye Polson in the race to become District 15’s next State Representative after he came out on top against his Republican opponents in Tuesday night’s primary election.

Gillum Pulls Off Upset In Democratic Governor’s Race

Aug 28, 2018
Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP

In what could be one of the biggest upsets in recent political history in Florida, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for governor, setting up a battle against Republican Ron DeSantis in November.

ballot reading error message on computer screen
David White

 

Tuesday night the chair of Duval Democrats criticized the Duval County Supervisor of Elections because 1,700 votes had yet to be counted as of 9:30 p.m., according to her legal team.

Trump-Backed DeSantis Wins GOP Primary For Governor

Aug 28, 2018
Via NPR

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.rode President Trump's endorsement to victory in Florida's Republican primary for governor Tuesday, defeating a longtime favorite of the Republican establishment with a campaign based largely around the president.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A problem with the width of the ballot at several Duval County polling locations is causing some ballots to be rejected by the tabulation machines.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Leaving the Sunshine State’s limited train system in the dust, Florida’s gubernatorial wannabes are hopping on planes, buses and automobiles as they crisscross the peninsula making last-ditch attempts to garner votes in advance of Tuesday’s primary elections.

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