🍊 2. Orange crush: Establishment fails, diversity grows
Last night's primaries set up a Florida governor's race that's "a microcosm of 2018," Axios' Alexi McCammond writes — the far right meets the far left, as the Tampa Bay Times put it.
- The establishment in both parties had a bad night. (AP)
- An upset win by a Democrat endorsed by Bernie Sanders, and a decisive win by a Republican who was backed by President Trump over the establishment candidate, sets up one of the fall's top races.
- The race to replace Republican Rick Scott as governor will be "a clash of ideologies in the nation’s largest swing state," as the Miami Herald says.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum would be the state's first African-American governor and is the first African-American major-party nominee for the office.
- Gillum rode "a surge of liberal support from young people and African-Americans" to a three-point victory (34% to 31%). (Tampa Bay Times)
- The favorite in all the polls was Rep. Gwen Graham, daughter of former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham.
20-point win for Trump: On the R side, Ron DeSantis crushed state Agriculture Commissioner (and former congressman) Adam Putnam, 57% to 37%.
- "Trump and national politics dominated the first of only two debates between the two." (Orlando Sentinel)
Be smart: The contest is between a candidate endorsed by a socialist and another who has fawned so heavily over Trump that he aired a campaign ad featuring himself reading “The Art of the Deal” as a bedtime story to his baby.