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FL-Gov: DeSantis, Scott, and Nelson cruise into the general election, Gillum pulls off upset

Erin Beazzo and her daughter, Fionna Beazzo, leave after she voted at a polling station on Florida primary election day on August 28, 2018 in St. Augustine, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Florida primary results are in:

Republican governor nominee: Rep. Ron DeSantis

Democratic governor nominee: Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum

Republican Senate nominee: Gov. Rick Scott

Democratic Senate nominee: Sen. Bill Nelson

Here's what you need to know

Scott and Nelson easily cruised to victory in their respective races. Roque De La Fuente ran against Scott, but never polled high enough to be a true threat to the current governor. Term limits prevent Scott for running for governor again. While Nelson seems confident in his ability to win reelection, some other prominent members of his party are reportedly nervous about Scott's candidacy.

In the race for the governorship: while early polls showed Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam in the lead for the GOP nomination, a coveted endorsement from President Donald Trump pushed DeSantis to the forefront. Putnam was also a pro-Trump candidate, and frequently praised the president while on the campaign trial, but did not manage to snag an endorsement.

The Democratic gubernatorial primary was the race to watch, and former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset. Gwen Graham had been a point behind former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine in a poll conducted Aug. 19 to 21. Gillum, who proudly branded himself as the "only non-millionaire" in the race, polled in third place before the voting. But on election night, he quickly surpassed Levine by a substantial margin and managed to fight his way into first place as the night progressed.

The same poll from a week before the election that showed Levine a point ahead of Graham (26 points to 25 points) had Gillum trailing with 18 points — well beyond the margin of error of +/- 3.79 percent. On election night, Levine performed well below expectations, managing to garner just over 20 percent of the vote. By 8:22 p.m. EDT, Cook Political Report had called the race for Gillum.

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