Polls closed in Arizona on Tuesday, where Republicans on Tuesday will decide a three-way battle over which candidate to nominate to replace the state's junior U.S. Senator, who is retiring because he has no political future after criticizing President Trump.
Tuesday's result in Florida said everything about the direction both parties are going in 2018.
Their race will pit a Republican who is known for praising Trump on Fox News against a Democrat who says he wants single-payer health care and Trump impeached just as the 2020 presidential race gets underway. Democrats are feeling bullish because, while Flake saw his party moving too far in Trump's direction for him to win the GOP primary, the president won Arizona overall by less than 4 points in 2016.
But in a major upset, Graham lost the gubernatorial primary to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who had the endorsement of Bernie Sanders and top liberal donors George Soros and Tom Steyer. Ward and Arpaio attacked McSally for her evolution from Trump critic to ardent supporter.
Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl served with McCain in the Senate from Arizona and rose to the position of Republican whip, the second-highest leadership post in his party's Senate leadership.
In the end, Ward split the Trumpian vote with former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, and McSally sailed to victory with an enormous fundraising advantage.
Democrats are also eyeing pickup opportunities in Florida as they try to flip control of the House. McSally was expected to win on the basis of Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio splitting the anti-establishment vote, but at least for now it appears that McSally has blown both challengers out of the water even put together.
The 86-year-old Arpaio achieved notoriety during his 24-year tenure as sheriff by, among other things, housing prisoners under conditions human rights groups deemed inhumane, running afoul of federal statutes against racial profiling, and repeatedly claiming that President Barack Obama's birth certificate was a forgery. Tonight's Democratic victor and the margin of victory will say a lot about the left in Florida. It has nearly an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans.
That measure is a useful way to assess which party is more excited about a midterm election, and it's particularly useful in Florida because the state limits primaries only to voters registered by party.
The last time Florida Democrats won the state's governorship was in 1994. The Democrats' total was about 33 percent of Hillary Clinton's 2016 turnout.
Ducey will now face off against his Democrat opponent, Arizona State University professor David Garcia, in November.
In the state's other key race, Gov. Doug Ducey was projected to win the nomination to run for another term. Bill Nelson. At 75 and seeking his fourth term, Nelson is considered particularly vulnerable as voters continue to show disdain for candidates with deep ties to the establishment. Which side will cast more ballots in the state's battleground region along Interstate 4, particularly in the Tampa-St.
Republicans know Scott can and will dump millions more of his own personal wealth into his campaign.
In Georgia, another African-American progressive Democrat, Stacey Abrams, won the Democratic nomination against a moderate opponent.
No state is now represented by a black governor.