ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida voters picked the candidates who will go on to the November election Tuesday night and there really was only one big shocker.
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Andrew Gillum beat Gwen Graham for the Democratic nomination for governor, 34 percent to 31 percent.
The Bernie Sanders-endorsed progressive beat Graham, the establishment favorite, in many of the big counties.
He'll face Rep. Ron DeSantis, who beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, 56.5 percent to 36.5 percent.
In DeSantis' case, he had the big support of president Trump.
The results of Tuesday's election will lead to a much bigger political face-off in November -- both candidates essentially represent the extreme sides of their respective parties. Which will win?
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In other Florida cabinet races, State Rep. Sean Shaw, a Democrat, will face former county judge Ashley moody, a Republican, in the race for Florida attorney general.
The race is essentially a battle in Tampa, where both candidates are from.
Meanwhile, attorney Nikki Fried will face State Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for Florida agriculture commissioner.
Also worth mentioning, though not unexpected -- Gov. Rick Scott won the Republican primary for Senate. He will face incumbent Bill Nelson in November.
Updates posted as they come in.
Other important race results:
- Matt Caldwell, Republican, will face Nikki Fried, Democrat, for the Florida agriculture commissioner race.
- Gov. Rick Scott, Republican, will take on incumbent Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race.
- Ross Spano, Republican, will face Democrat Kristen Carlson in the U.S. House district 15 race, representing Lake, Polk and Hillsborough counties.
Gwen Graham concedes the Democratic gubernatorial race to Andrew Gillum, says everyone needs to get behind Gillum, and she will do anything that is asked.
Andrew Gillum in his victory speech:
"There were just a few people who believed this would not be possible. And then there were a few more people who believed it was."
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed Andrew Gillum, has tweeted out a statement on Gillum's victory:
Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his victory. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 29, 2018
The Associated Press has called the Democratic nomination for Florida governor for Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee mayor.
He will face Rep. Ron DeSantis in November.
Republican State Rep. Mike Miller will face incumbent Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy in November for U.S. House District 7.
In what's become the nailbiter of the night, the Democratic race for governor is now between Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham.
Gillum is up in many of the big counties, while Graham is up in the smaller counties. Gillum has opened up a small lead over Graham statewide. LATEST RESULTS.
Associated Press calls the Florida attorney general Republican primary for former county judge Ashley Moody. She is running to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi in November.
President Trump has also tweeted to Gov. Scott, who won his Republican primary for Senate:
Congratulations to Governor Rick Scott of Florida on his conclusive Republican Primary Win. He will be a great Senator!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Another group of congressional results from the Associated Press:
Nancy Soderberg wins Democratic primary for House District 6, currently held by gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. Soderberg, a former Clinton administration officer, will face the Republican challenger in November. The district includes Volusia and Flagler counties.
State Rep. Greg Steube has won the Republican nomination for U.S. House District 17, which is in the Tampa area. He'll face film producer April Freeman in November.
President Trump has tweeted for Ron DeSantis:
Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Rep. Val Demings has beaten a Democratic challenger in the House District 10 race. Since there is no Republican challenger, Demings will return to Washington for another two years.
Adam Putnam conceding to Ron DeSantis:
"We ran an honest-to-goodness grassroots campaign, and I'm very proud of that."
FL Rep. Sean Shaw has won the Democratic nomination for Florida attorney general, according to Associated Press.
Sheriff Jerry Demings has won the race for Orange County mayor.
Rep. Ted Yoho, representing District 3, beat his Republican challenger and will go on to the November election. His district includes Marion County.
The Associated Press has also called the U.S. House District 9 Democratic primary for Rep. Darren Soto, beating Alan Grayson.
Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott has handily won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, which sets him up for a showdown with Sen. Bill Nelson in November.
Rep. Ron DeSantis has won the Republican nomination for governor, beating Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam.
The Associated Press is also beginning to call U.S. House Congressional primary races.
In the Tampa area, FBI agent Chris Hunter won the Democratic nomination in U.S. House district 12. He'll face incumbent Gus Bilirakis in November.
In the Orlando area, incumbent Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Rep. fended off a primary challenge and will go on to november.
In South Florida, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo has fended off a challenger to win his primary in the Miami area. He's expected to face a tough race in November against his Democratic challenger.
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Florida Agricultural Commission Adam Putnam was believed to be the frontrunner to be the Republican nominee for governor.
Then President Trump endorsed Rep. Ron DeSantis.
So far, early returns show Ron DeSantis beating Adam Putnam.
Meanwhile, in the Democratic primary for governor, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed candidate Andrew Gillum.
So far, Gillum is in second place behind Gwen Graham, but early indications are Gillum is ahead in several counties -- including Orange County.
Early returns are in for many races across the state, but early returns can be deceptive.
For instance, currently Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, appears to be fending off challenge from former Congressman Alan Grayson, with less than 100 out of 198 precincts reporting.
Soto represents District 9, which includes parts of Orange and Polk and Osceola counties.
In District 15, Ross Spano so far is fending off a crowded field to be the Republican candidate to replace outgoing Rep. Dennis Ross.
Meanwhile, so far Kristen Carlson appears to be in the lead for the Democratic nomination.
That district includes parts of Lake, Polk and Hillsborough counties.
The polls have now closed in most Florida counties. Counties in the west panhandle, which are in the Central time zone, will close at 8 p.m.
Two major races could be decided tonight in Orange County.
Sheriff Jerry Demings, businessman Rob Panepinto and Commissioner Pete Clarke are running to replace Teresa Jacobs as mayor of Orange County.
Demings is holding his watch party with his wife, Rep. Val Demings, who is in a universal primary for Congressional district 10.
Jacobs is term-limited and running for another big position -- chairperson for the Orange County School Board, opposite school board member Nancy Robbinson, and educators Matthew Fitzpatrick and Robert Prater.
Counties across Florida are reporting higher turnout numbers compared to 2014.
Reporter Greg Pallone is at the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections. Officials there say as of Tuesday afternoon, turnout was nearly 23 percent for the primary, compared to 22 percent in 2014 overall.
In Volusia County, more than 96,000 people had cast their ballots so far, according to reporter Brittany Jones.
Over in Manatee County, on the Gulf Coast, reporter Cait McVey says the county has seen its highest primary turnout in 20 years -- and the polls haven't closed yet.
We got reports from Lake County that some people were not able to get a ballot for their affiliated party -- despite saying claims they were previously registered.
A number of voters who recently had their driver's licenses renewed say they were automatically place on the "No Party Affiliation" ballot.
Officials say they should have specified their political affiliation when they renewed their license.
“I too would be distressed if I felt like I were being disenfranchised," said Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays. "It’s one of those oversight things people didn’t realize was happening at the time. I’m told by supervisors who have been in the business longer than I that this frequently occurs in the presidential primaries as well."
Hays says he is working with the Lake County tax collectors office to prevent similar issues in the future.
In 2016, we received several reports of this during the presidential primary. Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph instituted a paper receipt so that residents could make sure their party affiliation was correct.
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