The upset victory by Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, was the most notable of a slate of party primary results on Tuesday to decide candidates for the midterm election. He held a victory celebration in Tallahassee Tuesday night.
Their battle for the November election will happen in a state that Barack Obama won twice and Trump won in 2016. Afterward, he was mobbed by people who wanted to take selfies with the candidate, and his campaign staff kept pushing to get him back on the campaign bus to his next event. Leaders in Maricopa County rejected calls to try to keep polls open later, saying it could confuse voters and delay returns.
GOP voters in Oklahoma backed mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt in a gubernatorial runoff.
Don Govan, an 86-year-old retiree from Fort Lauderdale and ardent Trump supporter, walked into the polling station with a folded piece of paper in his hand that listed who to vote for based on Trump's recommendations.
Trump, who endorsed DeSantis in the primary, says, "He's an extreme talent and he will make a fantastic governor of Florida". Trump's endorsement helped DeSantis beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican primary.
This wasn't the first time Wednesday Gillum came under attack. Former Rep. Gwen Graham, whose father, Bob Graham, served as governor, had been hoping to position herself to become the state's first female governor. "And he's a charismatic candidate", DeSantis said of Gillum on Wednesday morning. His big endorsement came from Sen.
"That's the job of the governor of this state".
They're seeking to succeed Gov. Rick Scott, who can't run for re-election because of term limits and is instead challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive races.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs in November along with 35 seats in the 100-member Senate.
"I watched those Democrats debate and none of that is just my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there, so we gotta work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction", he said. It's a storyline we've been watching all primary season.
McCain's death has highlighted anew the shift in the Republican Party since he captured the GOP nomination for president in 2008.
The race, in the country's biggest swing state, is a sign of the increasing polarisation among voters during the Trump administration with sharp divides over issues like immigration, the environment and health care.
In Arizona, meanwhile, a nasty fight is taking shape between a Republican former fighter pilot, Rep. Martha McSally, and Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat who tried to appeal to independents while Republicans duked it out over who is most like Trump.
With 52 percent of the vote, McSally easily defeated arch conservative Kelli Ward, a former state senator, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was convicted of criminal contempt and pardoned by Trump a year ago. But he had prominent elected officials - including Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, strongly advocating on his behalf.
Ward apologized Monday, saying she was bemoaning media coverage rather than the family's announcement.