2018 primaries

Miami Herald

Approximately one out of every four eligible voters in Florida cast a ballot in the state's primary elections last month. 

Voter turnout was up, but not by much. Eighteen percent of voters cast a ballot four years ago, in the 2014 primary midterms, compared to the roughly 25 percent who did in the primaries this year. 

Jungle Island / via Miami Herald

Politicians and property taxes weren’t the only questions on some ballots this primary season. Voters in the cities of Miami and South Miami approved opening the way for the redevelopment of two high-profile properties.

 

Less than 24 hours after the primaries were decided, the fight for Florida’s top office has stirred up controversy.

After a hard-fought gubernatorial primary, on Tuesday Florida announced the two candidates that will compete to become governor: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Democratic side, and Congressman Ron DeSantis on the Republican side.

Miami Herald

Former television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar cruised into a victory for the Republican Party primary for the 27th Congressional District of Florida, winning 45.51 percent of the votes in a crowded race that had nine candidates.

Salazar stepped into the victory party to blaring salsa in the heavily Cuban-American Westchester neighborhood, holding the hand of soon-to-be-retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has held the seat for decades. 

Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination for the 27th U.S. congressional district in South Florida Tuesday, setting up a key showdown that will determine the fate of a long-held Republican seat.

  

Shalala, a former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and president of the University of Miami, edged past a crowded field with 32 percent of the vote.

She will now try to turn the seat Democratic after more than two decades with it under the control of Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring.

Miami Herald Archive

The five Miami-Dade commissioners seeking another four-year term were reelected Tuesday night, reasserting the power of incumbency in a summer that began with an upset win by a political newcomer.

The race for Florida's next attorney general will be between two people from the Tampa area, a former Republican Hillsborough County judge and a Democratic state representative.

Caldwell, Fried Ready To Battle For Agriculture Commissioner

Aug 29, 2018

State Rep. Matt Caldwell topped a four-way Republican primary for agriculture commissioner Tuesday, while lawyer and medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried had an easier time emerging from a field of three Democrats to become her party’s nominee for the Cabinet post.

The two will now go head-to-head in November to replace term-limited Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who lost a bid for governor Tuesday night.

State Legislators Daphne Campbell, Roy Hardemon Lose Re-Election Bids

Aug 29, 2018
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Two South Florida lawmakers lost Democratic primaries Tuesday, while other candidates from Miami-Dade County to the Panhandle locked up spots in the state House and Senate.

Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, lost her primary in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 38 to attorney Jason Pizzo, who does not have a general-election opponent. Tuesday’s win came two years after Campbell topped Pizzo in a six-candidate primary for the Senate seat.

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET

Favorites of both the conservative and progressive movements scored surprising wins in Florida's gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday, setting up a competitive clash come November.

Associated Press

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic primary for Florida governor Tuesday, pulling off an upset against better funded and better known candidates on his quest to become the state's first black governor.

Jose Iglesias / Miami Herald

Donna Shalala fended off a well-funded challenge from her left to emerge victorious in the Democratic primary for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat, setting the stage for a Democrat to represent Little Havana in Washington. 

Associated Press

With the backing of President Donald Trump and more than 100 appearances on Fox News under his belt, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis sailed to victory in Florida's Republican primary for governor Tuesday, defeating a longtime favorite of the GOP establishment with a campaign based largely around the president.

DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

Polls have closed in South Florida and elections boards are currently counting ballots. Here's how to check the results in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. 

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