Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Stephanie Murphy were projected to coast to victory in two of Florida's U.S. House primaries Tuesday night as closely watched matchups in November's battle for the House of Representatives began coming into focus.
Graham was the establishment pick: a moderate former congresswoman whose father was a popular former Florida governor and senator.
Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor, trailed in the polls through much of the race but surged in the final stages with the backing of Sanders and high-profile liberal donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer. "I'm trying to make Florida even better, he's trying to make Florida Venezuela".
Facing off in the Democratic 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. "Now, it is New York's turn".
Late in the race, the left rallied around underdog Gillum and he began to chip away at Graham's lead, eventually overtaking her family's political legacy late Tuesday night.
Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, made history with his upset primary win.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who officially clinched the GOP nomination Tuesday night, appeared on The Ingraham Angle and is already taking aim at his Democratic opponent.
Tonight, Republican voters in Florida will nominate a candidate to run for governor, as term-limited Gov. Rick Scott, R, is running for U.S Senate.
Trump has gone on to endorse the Florida Republican on numerous occasions.
This momentum behind Gillum's win could also energize Democrats across the board in the general, and could boost support for Sen.
Florida voters now face one of the starkest choices of the 2018 election season that will see plenty of stark choices in plenty of states.