Gwen Graham the Favorite to Win Democratic Primary, Poll Shows

Minnie Murray
August 29, 2018

Buoyed by an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Rep.

Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former Florida governor and USA senator, had led in polls heading into primary day, but Gillum surged in the late stages of the race.

DeSantis was first elected to Congress in 2012, running as a Washington outsider.

DeSantis made his allegiance to Trump the central theme of his race, airing a campaign ad in which he urged his toddler daughter to "build that wall" with toy blocks.

Sharon Grant said she was planning to vote for Putnam - until Trump weighed in on the race.

Pinellas County saw voter turnout near 30 percent.

"I believe in Trump's policies and while I don't love the way he opens his mouth too much, sometimes saying things that are not quite appropriate, I do believe that in his heart he really means well".

Trump held a rally in the state to help the Republican congressman and sent out plenty of tweets praising DeSantis, who's been one of his most vocal allies in Congress.

Facing off in the Democratic gubernatorial primary were former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, billionaire Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.

Florida also will host one of the country's top U.S. Senate races between term-limited Republican Governor Rick Scott, who won the Senate nomination against token opposition, and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Though his head-and-shoulders victory represents a win for the White House, Democrats have expressed hope that the founding member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus will be a weaker general election candidate. But with 85 percent of precincts reporting, approximately 2,500 more people had turned out to vote in the GOP primary than in the Democratic primary.

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