Live results August 28

By Ella Nilsen, Dylan Scott, Ryan Mark, Kavya Sukumar and Amanda Northrop
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Florida voters picked the Democratic and Republican candidates for their state’s critical governor and Senate races in Tuesday’s primary elections, setting up two of 2018’s most important campaigns.

Republicans Ron DeSantis easily won the GOP gubernatorial primary to replace Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

In a shocking upset, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated establishment pick Gwen Graham. He supports a progressive agenda: a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system, abolishing ICE, raising its minimum wage to $15 and raising the corporate tax rate to pay for education. He earned endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer. Before Gillum’s win, he was coming in at just 16 points in the most recent polls.

Democrats also have openings to pick up a few House seats in heavily gerrymandered Sunshine State, and both parties have decisions to make on congressional candidates in Tuesday’s primaries.

Polls close at 8 pm ET. Live results are below, powered by Decision Desk.

Florida governor primary

Ron DeSantis, Adam Putnam, and Gwen Graham lead the Republican and Democratic fields

Republican Primary

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Ron DeSantis 913,954 56%
Adam Putnam 593,973 37%
Bob White 33,029 2%
Timothy Devine 21,398 1%
Bob Langford 20,090 1%
Bruce Nathan 15,412 1%
Don Baldauf 13,161 1%
John Mercadante 12,425 1%
5,997 of 5,997 (100%) precincts reporting, 1,623,442 total votes

Rep. Ron DeSantis and state agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam are the two main contenders. DeSantis desperately sought, and outright asked for, Donald Trump’s endorsement and got it. That’s all you need in a state where you really can’t run too far to the right in a GOP primary. Meanwhile, Putnam, the establishment choice, sought to walk a tightrope of not disavowing Trump entirely while still criticizing DeSantis for being little more than a Trump puppet. It didn’t work.

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Democratic Primary

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Andrew Gillum 517,833 34%
Gwen Graham 474,484 31%
Philip Levine 306,605 20%
Jeff Greene 152,635 10%
Chris King 37,625 2%
John Wetherbee 15,716 1%
Alex Lundmark 9,876 1%
5,997 of 5,997 (100%) precincts reporting, 1,514,774 total votes

Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress and daughter of a former governor and senator, was the presumed frontrunner. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has attracted a lot of excitement on the left — he supports Medicare-for-all and got the Bernie Sanders endorsement — and he surged to a late-breaking win.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and business leader Jeff Greene finished in double digits and had a lot of money on hand.

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Florida Senate primary

Rick Scott has a clear path to the GOP nomination

Republican Primary

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Rick Scott 1,452,875 89%
Roque De La Fuente 186,611 11%
5,997 of 5,997 (100%) precincts reporting, 1,639,486 total votes

This is one of 2018’s most competitive Senate races.

Scott is maybe the GOP’s best Senate recruit this cycle: a pretty popular two-term governor with as much money to spend as he wants. His money advantage — he’s outspent Dem Bill Nelson by a 4-to-1 margin thus far — may explain his narrow lead in the early polls against an incumbent in a year that overall favors Democrats.

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Florida’s Sixth Congressional District

A tight race to succeed Republican Ron DeSantis

Republican Primary

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Michael Waltz 32,833 42%
John Ward 23,543 30%
Fred Costello 21,023 27%
185 of 185 (100%) precincts reporting, 77,399 total votes

DeSantis vacated this seat to run for governor. It was a competitive race to replace him: Michael Waltz is a Marine combat veteran who’s raised a lot of money, John Ward is a Navy vet who is also fundraising well, and former state Rep. Fred Costello has the endorsement of Florida Attorney General and Trump ally Pat Bondi and the NRA. Ultimately, Waltz won.

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Democratic Primary

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Nancy Soderberg 32,075 56%
John Upchurch 13,062 23%
Stephen Sevigny 12,596 22%
185 of 185 (100%) precincts reporting, 57,733 total votes

Nancy Soderberg, former ambassador to the United Nations, is on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red-to-Blue list. She easily defeated Stephen Sevigny, a medical radiologist, and attorney John Upchruch.

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Florida’s Seventh Congressional District

A rare pick-up opportunity for Republicans

Republican Primary

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Mike Miller 30,620 54%
Scott Sturgill 17,300 30%
Vennia Francois 8,949 16%
144 of 144 (100%) precincts reporting, 56,869 total votes

State Rep. Mike Miller, first elected in 2014, defeated his prime competition: business executiveScott Sturgill. They both raised six figures for their campaigns. Vennia Francois, a first-generation American whose family came to the United States from the Bahamas, was also on the ballot.

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Florida’s 15th Congressional District

Two credible GOP candidates, and an establishment Dem battles the left

Republican Primary

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Ross Spano 26,868 44%
Neil Combee 20,577 34%
Sean Harper 6,013 10%
Danny Kushmer 4,061 7%
Ed Shoemaker 3,376 6%
194 of 194 (100%) precincts reporting, 60,895 total votes

Rep. Dennis Ross is stepping down. Current state Rep. Ross Spano was one of the two favorites for the GOP nod to replace him. Spano was the fundraising leader and got endorsements from Sen. Marco Rubio and Pam Bondi.

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Democratic Primary

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Kristen Carlson 24,470 53%
Andrew Learned 14,488 32%
Raymond Peña 6,895 15%
194 of 194 (100%) precincts reporting, 45,853 total votes

Attorney Kristen Carlson defeated her competition: Navy vet and business leader Andrew Learned. Carlson describes herself as more moderate and got the Emily’s List endorsement, while Learned said that he would support Medicare-for-all and received the backing of the Indivisible grassroots group.

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Florida’s 16th Congressional District

Democrats vie to challenge Vern Buchanan

Democratic Primary

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David Shapiro 34,787 55%
Jan Schneider 28,811 45%
186 of 186 (100%) precincts reporting, 63,598 total votes

David Shapiro, a local attorney, is another name on the DCCC’s Red to Blue battleground list. He defeated Jan Schneider, who was the Democratic nominee for this district in 2016 and lost to Buchanan by nearly 20 points.

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Florida’s 18th Congressional District

Republican Brian Mast faces challenges in primary and general

Republican Primary

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Brian Mast 55,427 78%
Mark Freeman 8,081 11%
Dave Cummings 7,871 11%
347 of 347 (100%) precincts reporting, 71,379 total votes

Rep. Brian Mast, first elected in 2016, voted for Obamacare repeal and the tax bill. He won his primary against Second Amendment-loving, environmentally conscious Dave Cummings and doctor Mark Freeman, who lost to Mast in the 2016 Republican primary.

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Democratic Primary

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Lauren Baer 34,922 60%
Pam Keith 23,007 40%
347 of 347 (100%) precincts reporting, 57,929 total votes

Another DCCC favorite won here: Lauren Baer, who worked in Barack Obama’s State Department. She beat attorney Pam Keith, who ran and lost in the Democratic primary for US Senate in 2016.

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Florida’s 26th Congressional District

Carlos Curbelo awaits his Democratic opponent

Democratic Primary

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell 20,997 63%
Demetries Grimes 12,095 37%
230 of 230 (100%) precincts reporting, 33,092 total votes

DCCC-backed candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who works in nonprofits won against and Ret. Navy Cmdr. Demetries Grimes.

Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo has represented this D+6 rated district since 2015, and was reelected even as the district voted for Hillary Clinton by 16 points in 2016. He’s a moderate Republican who has made headlines trying (and failing) to spur action on immigration reform within the House GOP.

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Florida’s 27th Congressional District

A lively Republican primary to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in toss-up race

Republican Primary

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Maria Elvira Salazar 15,812 40%
Bruno Barreiro 10,026 26%
Maria Peiro 3,120 8%
Stephen Marks 2,733 7%
Angie Chirino 2,677 7%
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera 1,684 4%
Michael Ohevzion 1,467 4%
Elizabeth Adadi 775 2%
Gina Sosa 760 2%
239 of 239 (100%) precincts reporting, 39,054 total votes

In this crowded field, journalist Maria Elvira Salazar came out on top, defeating Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, former Vice Mayor of Doral Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera (who got the Miami Herald’s endorsement and has the unusual background of having said she was abducted by aliens), veteran Elizabeth Adadi, songwriter and Latin Grammy Award winner Angie Chirino, veteran and entrepreneur Michael Ohevzion, educator Maria Peiro, and documentary filmmaker Gina Sosa.

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Democratic Primary

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Donna Shalala 14,153 32%
David Richardson 12,191 27%
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez 7,783 18%
Matt Haggman 7,510 17%
Michael Hepburn 2,723 6%
239 of 239 (100%) precincts reporting, 44,360 total votes

Bill Clinton’s former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, at 77, won the primary for this seat, defeating state Rep. David Richardson, former Miami Herald reporter Matt Haggman, Miami Beach Commissioner Rosen Gonzalez, and former University of Miami academic adviser Michael Hepburn.

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