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Primary day in Tampa Bay and Florida

Voters, and candidates, made their way to the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in the Florida primary. Democrat Andrew Gillum rode a surge of liberal support from young people and African-Americans to a stunning primary victory Tuesday and the historic opportunity to be the first black governor in Florida’s history. More than 1.5 million Republicans turned out for Tuesday’s Florida primary, but just one person clinched the GOP gubernatorial nomination for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Republican candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis, left, will face off against Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum for the general election in November.
Published Aug. 29, 2018
Updated Aug. 29, 2018
As the doors at the polls open, voters make their way into the Coliseum in St Petersburg during Tuesday's primary election on August 28th, 2018. DIRK SHADD | Times
Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Gwen Graham, right, greets her parents, Bob and Adele Graham on stage at The Social in Orlando, August 28, 2018. Graham was defeated by candidate Andrew Gillum in the Florida Democratic Primary for Governor. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Andrew Gillum holds his son Jackson, age 4, as he celebrates winning the Florida Democratic primary for governor, Tuesday in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times
After winning the nomination for Florida attorney general, Ashley Moody speaks to over 100 supporters at her night watch party at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Middle school teacher Robert Pechacek, a candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, waves to motorists at the Jan Platt Library on S. Manhattan Avenue Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Tampa. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Todd Marks, a Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Commission District 7, places a sticker on his suit after voting Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Precinct 500 at Westchase Swim and Tennis Center in Tampa. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Andrew Gillum, one of the Democratic candidates for governor, center, and his wife R. Jai mark their ballots as their children Caroline and Jackson, both age 4, wait with them in the polling place, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times
Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea votes on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at precinct #627 with her four-year-old granddaughter Megan Boyle at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Republican candidate for Attorney General Ashley Moody walks out with her eight-year-old son Connor and husband Justin after voting at the Florida Aquarium Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Tampa. BRONTË WITTPENN | Times
Fred Cornell, of Crystal Beach, arrives at precinct #543, with his collie Cooper, where he voted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in support Leo Karruli who is running for State Senate District 16. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
A campaign sign for Ron DeSantis rests against a pole during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Orlando. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Former Florida Governor and US Senator Bob Graham talks about his daughter, Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Gwen Graham, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at The Social in Orlando. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Supporters and friends of gubernatorial Republican candidate Adam Putnam gather for his election watch party held at the Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland, Florida Tuesday, August 28, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Donald Manns of Jacksonville, center, reacts as early results show a very close race between his candidate, Andrew Gillum, and Gwen Graham in the Democratic primary for governor, Tuesday during the Gillum election watch party in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times
Rene Flowers, chairwoman of the Pinellas County School Board, celebrates results by dancing through the crowd at Callaloo restaurant, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in St. Petersburg. CHERIE DIEZ | Times
Ray Blacklidge, celebrates alongside Mark Spears and campaign manager Pam Hinds, as the last few results come in, at his election watch party, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Gators Cafe and Saloon in Treasure Island, Fla. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Gwen Graham hugs a supporter as she leaves The Social in Orlando. Graham lost to Andrew Gillum in the Democratic primary, Tuesday, August 28, 2018. SCOTT KEELER | Times


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