Trump slams Democratic primary victor as a 'failed Socialist Mayor'

Andrew Gillum supporters Richard Lopez and Mara Cooper watch the screen as election results come in showing their candidate winning the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday Aug. 28 2018 in Tallahassee Fla

Gillum framed himself as the truly progressive candidate who could break Florida Democrats' five-cycle losing streak of losing the governor's office.

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"Martha McSally, running in the Arizona Primary for U.S. Senate, was endorsed by rejected Senator Jeff Flake.and turned it down - a first!"

Democrats have not won a Senate seat in Arizona since 1988.

In Oklahoma, Kevin Sitt won a runoff against former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in the GOP primary to replace unpopular, outgoing Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

On Twitter earlier on Wednesday, the president slammed Mr Gillum as a "failed" mayor, without citing examples.

DeSantis credited part of his win to an endorsement from President Trump. None of that is my cup of tea but he performed better than the other people there so we've got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction.

"It has zero to do with race", DeSantis said.

Gillum asked the crowd after his improbable victory.

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In Arizona, primary contests were shadowed by the death of McCain.

Other contenders include Jon Kyl, who served with McCain in the Senate before and was Republican whip for a time, and Barbara Barrett, a former USA ambassador to Finland who unsuccessfully ran for Arizona governor in 1994. By early July, it was DeSantis with the double-digit polling lead. No problems were reported elsewhere in the state. Republicans could have nominated no bigger champion for the president than DeSantis.

Supporters at DeSantis' party in Orlando chanted "Ron! Ron!"

DeSantis came from behind with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built party establishment support. When it comes to the monkey business of American politics, the Democrats have no peers.

If elected, Gillum would become the state's first black governor. He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire, and won the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bill Nelson that is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive races. Democrats hope to flip the seat in their bid to take control of the House of Representatives. It has nearly an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans. They also are among the most ardent Trump defenders, something DeSantis does frequently on Fox News. This is not an election for those who seek compromise.

McSally was beating former state Sen.

Ward apologized Monday, saying she was bemoaning media coverage rather than the family's announcement. "Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots, they're going to be looking for a governor who is going to appeal to our higher aspirations as a state", Gillum said. Arpaio, the former Maricopa county sheriff, was only able to run because Trump pardoned him after he was convicted of violating a federal court order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence previous year by pardoning his federal conviction stemming from immigration patrols.

"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.

Well, look, I mean this is it, Florida elections are always competitive.

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