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August 29, 2018

Rep. Martha McSally defeated Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio in Tuesday's Arizona Republican Senate primary, several media outlets are projecting. She will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who easily beat Deedra Abboud in the Democratic Senate primary.

McSally, a veteran, has 51.3 percent of the vote, with just 5.6 percent of precincts reporting. Ward, a doctor, made headlines for criticizing the late Sen. John McCain, and Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, is known for being pardoned by President Trump after being convicted of criminal contempt of court.

In Arizona's gubernatorial contests, incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey defeated Ken Bennett in the GOP primary, and David Garcia was victorious over Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer in the Democratic primary. Catherine Garcia

August 28, 2018

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won Tuesday's Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary, The Associated Press projects.

Gillum, endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), defeated Gwen Graham, a former congresswoman, and Philip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach. With 93.6 percent of precincts reporting, Gillum has 34.1 percent of the vote, followed by Graham with 31.4 percent and Levine with 20.3 percent.

Gillum is now the first African American to win a major party nomination for governor in Florida. In the general election, he'll face off against the winner of the night's Republican primary, Rep. Ron DeSantis. Catherine Garcia

August 28, 2018

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott won the Republican primary for the Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott, backed by President Trump, has 88.7 percent of the vote, with 78.9 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Rocky De La Fuente, has 11.3 percent.

Nelson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and is seeking his fourth term in office. The Nelson-Scott race is expected to be the most expensive of the 2018 midterms, CNBC reports, with both campaigns, plus independent groups, already spending more than $50 million. Scott is a former health-care company executive, and used some of his massive wealth to fund his campaign; by early August, he had spent $20.7 million of his own money on the primary race. Catherine Garcia

August 28, 2018

Rep. Ron DeSantis, endorsed by President Trump, won Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.

DeSantis defeated Adam Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner, and several other candidates who only received a tiny percentage of the vote. With 84.9 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis has 56.2 percent of the vote, and Putnam 36.8 percent.

DeSantis became known outside of Florida when his campaign ad went viral last month, showing the Trump fan teaching his kids how to "build the wall" using blocks and reading a story about Trump telling a person "you're fired." Catherine Garcia

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