The 2018 primaries usually revolve around President Trump. And there are many of those stories in the Governor, Senate and House primaries on Tuesday in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma: Trump is in our winning column for another week. But liberal Democrats are an even bigger winner, for reasons we'll go into. Here are the winners and losers of some of the most consistent primaries of the year
The Democratic Party's Liberal Wing: In addition to the angry victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York in June, Andrew Gillum victory in Florida's Democratic primary for governor is her biggest triumph of the election cycle.
The mayor of Tallahassee was against the epitome of the party establishment in Gwen Graham, a moderate former Congressman whose father was a popular governor of the state. But an infusion of millions of billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros, plus an approval from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Was enough to bring Gillum to victory. This is a clear victory for the party's liberal Sanders wing, and Gillum is guaranteed to receive more attention than the first African-American governor candidate in Florida.
Trump and his Twitter account: The tweet came in June and, like many of Trump's recent advocacy in Republican primary politics, it surprised political observers. The president did not go with the candidate, who had been governing for years as Florida Governor Adam Putnam. He liked the conservative Congressman he'd seen almost daily on Fox News. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
Trump backed DeSantis and DeSantis & # 39; Camp openly admitted that it helped him win the competitive Florida Primary
A Battle of Ideologies: DeSantis literally filmed his toddler daughter building a boundary wall with blocks, while Gillum thinks that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency should be abolished "in all its forms" nominations for governor in one of the nation's most populated states could not be clearer.
These are not the candidates who selected the workers in Washington on both sides for a swing state where nationwide races are often decided by one percentage point or two. Is not it surprising that in this hyper-partisan era, candidates for one of the national governor's races are so ideological? What happens next is a guess. Florida only went one percentage point for Trump in 2016, but voters also did not elect a Democratic governor in 20 years.
Florida House Republicans: Florida will also be a battlefield for the control of the house and ground Zero is the Miami district, Florida's 27th, which went down 20 points for Hillary Clinton, but by the longstanding GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was held. She is retiring, giving the Democrats one of their best ways to join this cycle. That's still the case, but Republicans say they found the 2018 candidate in Cuban American TV journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, who won her first Tuesday night.
Ros-Lehtinen said Salazar could be "the right candidate" Democratic emerging Republican. She will face Donna Shalala, a former clerk of Bill Clinton and the president of the University of Miami.
Arizona Republican: Arizona Governor Race, where Governor Doug Duce (R) is running for reelection, is not among the most competitive races in the nation. But it could be, if there's a blue wave this November. Republicans trying to re-elect Ducey breathed relief as the Democrats on Tuesday called on former civil servant David Garcia to challenge him. Of the two main candidates, Garcia was the most liberal. He campaigned for universal health care and replaced ICE with something else. Republicans tell The Fix that they think Ducey's re-election is in good shape with Garcia's victory, while the Democrats say they have not lost hope that the state will tend in their favor.
Democratic majority: Senior Senate Republicans openly stated that they would likely lose Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) Seat if one of the Super-Trumpian candidates Former state senator Kelli Ward or former sheriff Joe Arpaio won the nomination Tuesday.
Senate Republicans no longer need to fear to vote since its inception, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Won as Ward and Arpaio split the far-right vote. McSally had to sacrifice some of her general election strategies (she deleted a video of herself praising DACA on YouTube). But she was able to defy the trend that Congressional members will lose their primaries for senior offices this year, and now she's prepared for a likely epic match against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) in a race that
Comebacks: Former Liberal Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida, who lost a Senate nomination in 2016, tried again to return to Washington by challenging Democrat Darren Soto (D) for his old seat. Grayson demanded the suspension of Trump and tried to describe Soto as a disguised conservative. His efforts went flat and voters in Florida's ninth district elected the current member of the congress two-by-one. Perhaps a lesson for the Democrats debating nationally how far Trump can move
Democrats are trying to repeat the success of Ocasio-Cortez: Grayson was not the only Democrat who was sitting on Tuesday Congress wanted to settle. Florida representatives Al Lawson (D) and Stephanie Murphy (D) defeated their main challenger and underlined the truism in politics that while people might not be satisfied with Congress, they generally like their own member of the congress.
The Glass Ceiling: Graham, Florida, hoped to increase the number of women who received the governorship nomination this year. The race will instead be between two men. From the perspective of advocates of greater gender diversity in politics, Graham's loss is bad news. It would have had a real chance of winning the Governor's Mansion, and nowhere is there any greater inequality between the sexes in US politics than in the governor's mansions. At the moment there are a total of six female governors. However, to get on a less sad note, a woman is guaranteed to win the open Senate seat of Arizona.