DeSantis says don't 'monkey' things up - 8/29/2018 10:54:40 AM

30 August, 2018, 17:03 | Author: Judith Dennis
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has defeated a Republican challenger in the primary round of his re-election bid.

DeSantis has emphasized his conservative credentials and military career, but it was the support by Trump that turned the race around in his favor.

Flake's seat is coveted by Democrats who are hoping to win a Senate majority in the fall. But Dr. Charles Dunn, emeritus professor of government at Clemson University, doesn't think so.

Dr Hiral Tipirneni, an Indian-American Democrat who sailed through her primary for a congressional district in Arizona unopposed, told The Straits Times: "The base is very energised".

With 52 percent of the vote, McSally easily defeated arch conservative Kelli Ward, a former state senator, and Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was convicted of criminal contempt and pardoned by Trump past year. Her record on immigration has also been an issue. She had a significant cash advantage and deep well of establishment support. He's a professor at the education school at Arizona State University and a fourth-generation Arizona resident.

More than 3.5 million people voted out of 13 million registered voters in the state for a turnout rate of 27 per cent, the highest for a non-presidential Florida primary since 2002. The last six presidential election winners won Florida.

McCain, 81, died of brain cancer August 25. On Tuesday, after clinching the GOP nomination, DeSantis credited the President for helping boost his candidacy. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote previous year against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters.

And only hours into the general election, Gillum's Republican opponent is being criticized for making what some are calling racist remarks, telling Florida not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. Ward, a former state senator, built up her national profile by relentlessly attacking John McCain, even claiming that the late senator announced he was ending his cancer treatment to derail coverage of her bus tour. Trump spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence past year by pardoning his federal conviction stemming from immigration patrols.

Levine, thought to have been the second most-popular candidate of the three for several weeks, finished a distant third with about 20 percent of the vote and lost his home county of Miami-Dade to Gillum by almost 10,000 votes.

Sinema's and McSally's Senate runs also have created House openings in Arizona, a fast-growing and increasingly diverse state where Democrats are eager to gain a foothold.

On the Republican side, a Representative is running for governor and the governor is running for Senate.

"I give you my word that whatever Andrew asks of me, I will do, because this election again is about Florida, the future of Florida", Graham said.

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