Primary day in Florida and Arizona [UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT]

Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

President Donald Trump and Andrew Gillum, the surprise Democratic victor of Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary, exchanged barbs on Wednesday morning, underscoring the role the president is expected to play in a marquee race this fall.

DeSantis rode Trump's endorsement to victory in the GOP race, underscoring the president's broad appeal in Republican primaries.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn't just shock Florida, he shocked the nation Tuesday, scoring a major victory for the party's progressive wing, putting himself in a position to become the state's first black governor.

Gillum stunned pollsters and much of the punditocracy by defeating four rivals to win the Democratic primary with 34 percent of the vote.

Gwen Graham, who enjoyed a comfortable lead in the polls going into Tuesday's election, had won the endorsement of several well-known establishment Democrats. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening.

The victor of the Florida governor's race will give his party an advantage heading into the 2020 presidential campaign.

Gillum continued: "I actually believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who is going to bring us together, not divide us".

The DeSantis-Gillum matchup will be closely watched for clues about the mood of voters and messaging ahead of 2020, when Trump could be seeking re-election against a liberal Democrat.

"And I think that's what we did in this primary race, and I think that's going to be critical to winning in the general".

The DeSantis campaign, however, said there were no racial undertones in his comments.

Trump surprised Florida Republicans late a year ago with his endorsement of DeSantis, and frequently tweeted about the lawmaker, one of his staunchest supporters in Washington.

"He will be a great Senator", Trump tweeted of Scott. Later Trump held a rally for him in Tampa. His television ads were Trump-focused, including one where his toddler stacks bricks while DeSantis exclaims, "Build the wall!" As such, DeSantis should have zero trouble getting righty populists out to vote for him.

"Without a doubt, we know that Donald Trump looms in the shadows here", Gillum said.

DeSantis first won a northeastern Florida seat in Congress in 2012. With his consistently conservative voting record, Arizonans elected McCain to the Senate six times, including in 2016. Marco Rubio shut down his presidential campaign and chose to run for re-election.

Gillum relied on a grassroots campaign and the support of the left wing of the party.

"I am not surprised at what he has aspired to in his life", said Centinaro. "Everyone kept trying to vote for someone middle of the ground, someone who they thought would win. But I think he's got another think coming to him".

Mr DeSantis also called the Tallahasee mayor, who surprisingly won the Democratic primary for Florida governor, an "articulate" spokesman for "far-left views". Billionaire Jeff Greene spent about $38 million of his own money. He was elected mayor in 2014.

Progressives were noticeably thrilled with Gillum's achievement, and most marked it as a significant step forward for "Democratic socialists" and evidence of progressive cache within the Democratic Party, but there are concerns.

Graham supporters at her concession speech at The Social in Orlando cheered when she said Gillum's name, which Smith also took as a positive sign going forward.

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