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Florida voters head to the polls on primary day
President Trump threatens great about Florida Governor election primaries; Phil Keating reports from Orlando.
Rep. Ron DeSantis hopes to ride the wave, the President of the Trump endorsement to victory in the Florida GOP gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, as he battles state agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the expensive and closely watched contest.
The polls close in Florida-where voters, candidates for Governor, senator and a number of other offices choose to 7 p.m.
On Monday, Trump is trying to help, DeSantis across the finish line with a tweet for support. The current Governor, Republican Rick Scott, is a challenge to the incumbent Democratic sen. Bill Nelson for Senate.
“Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done a fabulous job,” the President tweeted. “He is running in the Tuesday Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong crime, borders and want Low taxes. He is a great leader and has my full and total support!”
Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person, who has done fabulous work. He runs Tuesdays Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong crime, borders and want Low taxes. He is a great leader and has my full and total support!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Trump has the support played a major role in the race, with DeSantis secure the lead in polls after winning Trump’s endorsement.
During a Fox News-sponsored debate in June, DeSantis played the trump card, the back cover of his campaign, with the expression of doubt that Putnam supports adequately the trump card. “I am proud of the approval of the President trump card in this race,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis, 39, is an Iraq war veteran and a decorated military lawyer who served in the U.S. house since 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Putnam, 44, has also played its support for Trump, but stresses, “I’m focused on Florida.”
Putnam was elected as the state’s Commissioner for agriculture in 2010. He grew up on a cattle ranch and citrus grove, according to his campaign website, and received the support of many Florida sheriffs.
In the meantime, there is a crowded Democratic primary for Governor, including Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Orlando business man Chris King and the former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine.
Graham, a former Congressman, has been consistently polling ahead of seven points or more over their opponents.
Levine million of his own money has been spent, and showed up on Monday at the scene of the Jacksonville mass tout gun control shootings.
Gillum, Tallahassee progressive mayor, hopes to be the first black Governor of Florida, and has the endorsement of the liberal Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders.
For the Senate race, Scott-who was invited to the execution, for the seat of trump — is expected to win the GOP primary. He would then face Nelson, the run as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent for re-election in the Senate.
The Republicans, the hope tries to keep control of the Senate, that Scott could tilt the seat.
Trump just the Democrat Hillary Clinton won in Florida in the 2016 presidential race by less than 2 percentage points.
Trump, again, stresses his support for Scott before the election.
Rick Scott of Florida is doing a fantastic job as Governor. Jobs pouring into the state and its economic health is better than ever. He is the powerful, crime, borders, and loves the military and veterans. Vote for Rick on Tuesday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
“Rick Scott of Florida is doing a fantastic job as Governor,” Trump tweeted. “Jobs are pouring in to the state and its economic health is better than ever. He is the powerful, crime, borders, and loves the military and veterans. Vote for Rick on Tuesday!”
Election in Arizona to replace three Republicans facing off outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake.
Officials in Arizona said on Tuesday that the problems with voting machines in several polling stations temporarily prevents that people will be able to cast ballots in the state primary elections.
But a spokesman for Maricopa County, where voting problems were reported, said on Fox News on Tuesday afternoon that “all of the polling sites, dealing with technical problems fixed this morning.”
Technical problems can to extend polling hours in Arizona
In the Senate race, two-term Rep. Martha McSally has primary as the frontrunner in the GOP against former state Sen. Kelli Ward and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The winner of this competition will likely Democrat to face Kyrsten Sinema in November.
In the state Governor’s race, President Trump the re-election supported the effort by Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, which is facing a challenge Tuesday from former Secretary of state Ken Bennett.
Oklahoma on Tuesday the holding of the primary-runoff elections Stitt, with a focus on the Republican race between former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa business man Kevin.
Fox News ” Phil Keating, Peter Doocy, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.