- Andrew Gillum scored a stunning victory in the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, topping his closest rival, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham.
- Ron DeSantis is the winner of the Republican nomination in the race for governor, easily beating Adam Putnam.
- The nominations for Florida attorney general are in: The Democratic nominee is Sean Shaw, and the Republican nominee is Ashley Moody. Both are from Tampa.
- Nikki Fried and Matt Caldwell won nominations for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. The winner of the November election will replace incumbent Adam Putnam, who lost a hard-fought battle for the GOP nomination for governor.
- Chris Hunter sweeps District 12 Democratic primary
- Congress: George Buck wins GOP race for 13th district
- Hillsborough Comm. 7: Republican Todd Marks will face Democrat Kimberly Overman
- Florida House 64: Republican incumbent James Grant has commanding lead.
- For complete analysis of the Florida governor primaries, read our live blog.
Scenes from election night
For more photos from the night, check out our All Eyes blog.
Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters cruised to victory in a three-way contest in the lone contested race for the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday. "I'm a happy girl," says @KathleenMPeters. https://t.co/UXjTGuLauX— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) August 29, 2018
Nikki Fried, Matt Caldwell win nominations for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture https://t.co/vsv1swQJRI— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) August 29, 2018
Andrew Gillum appears to have Miami-Dade in the bag and now has a slight lead statewide. Wow. pic.twitter.com/smvZ9hlP4p— Lance Dixon (@LDixon_3) August 29, 2018
Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Chants of "Andrew!" "Gillum!" now echoing in the ballroom, and screams as MSNBC shows them tied. @AndrewGillum's uncle Vincent Sams tells me, eagerly, "We're going to win." Votes from parts of the Panhandle — Graham country — still need to be counted— Elizabeth Koh (@elizabethrkoh) August 29, 2018
BREAKING: Putnam said he called DeSantis to concede and said he will do everything he can do to help him win in November. pic.twitter.com/v4oYDnujms— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) August 29, 2018
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR'S RACE UPDATE:— Kirby Wilson (@KirbyWTweets) August 28, 2018
It looks like a two-person race between @GwenGrahamand @AndrewGillum. With just under 1/3 of precincts reporting, Graham holds a 4.5 point lead.
More here: https://t.co/Tukd85i4N2
Weather in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay voters were inundated with heavy and widespread thunderstorms in the waning hours before the polls closed.
“It rained pretty much everywhere,” said Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
Pinellas County got the brunt. Unofficial gauges estimated the center of the county got two to three inches of rain in about an hour, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., he said.
Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties also received rain, with estimates up to about 1.5 inches.
In St. Petersburg, the wind was so strong the rain came down sideways. The storm took out power for about 5,000 customers in Pinellas County and 3,000 in Pasco County, according to Duke Energy’s outage map. In Hillsborough, about 2,500 customers were without power.
The thunderstorms had dissipated, but Shiveley said showers were likely to continue around the bay area until about 10 p.m.
“At this point in the evening, they pretty much kind of have to rain themselves out.”
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Primary Day Guide
Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith analyzes how things are looking on Election Day in Florida with Michael Van Sickler, Government and Politics Editor.