Tonight is another big primary night, this time in AZ and Florida.
The Justice Dems Running in House Races:
Florida and Arizona, have you voted?
You still can. Polls close at 7 pm local time.
We can help build a Congress that works for the people.
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) August 28, 2018
Also governors races will be watched carefully since Dems are eyeing congressional district line redraws in 2020. In Florida, Andrew Gillum is up against Gwen Graham. Both are from Florida’s panhandle.
The polls close at 7ET in Florida. According to the Sun Sentinel, early voting was heavier than the previous mid-term.
Statewide, about 1.93 million votes had been cast and received before polls opened on Tuesday.
The statewide turnout is substantially ahead of the pre-voting in 2014, when 1.2 million voters statewide voted early or by mail.
The numbers show an uptick for Democrats, from being 41 percent of the early and mailed-in vote in 2014 to 44 percent this year.
Meanwhile, Republicans have dropped from 47 percent of the early vote in 2014 to 46 percent this year.
In Arizona, David Garcia is in a heated race with Steve Farley. Garcia has made the race more about immigration, in which one will see if that will be effective against the moderate Farley.
Most of the eyes will be on the senate race in AZ on the GOP side, as there is an open seat with Jeff Flake retiring this year. Here’s how the NYT sees it:
The best-known figure in the three-way contest is Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff whom Mr. Trump pardoned last year, though he has been trailing in the polls. Mr. Arpaio’s presence in the race, however, has made it difficult on another hard-liner, Kelli Ward, to consolidate support from the most conservative Arizona voters.
With Mr. Arpaio siphoning votes, Ms. Ward, a former state senator who won nearly 40 percent against Mr. McCain in 2016, has gone to great lengths to garner attention on the right, inviting controversial conservatives to campaign with her and even suggesting Mr. McCain’s family tried to undercut her by putting out word last week that he was ending treatment for his cancer.
Representative Martha McSally, the establishment favorite in the race, has benefited from the divide on the right and could win without capturing a majority of the vote. But to prove her bona fides to Arizona’s conservative primary voters, and to keep the president from wading into the race against her, Ms. McSally has embraced Mr. Trump in ways that could create difficulties for her in the general election. Democrats are poised to nominate Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who has run a cautious campaign and has carefully avoided criticizing Mr. Trump, in an attempt at winning over the state’s center-right electorate.
You can follow the results at the NYT here.
Tonight, we proved what's possible when people come together & show up to build FL into a better state for all. I'm truly honored to represent people across the state as the Democratic nominee — and I promise to stand up for everyday Floridians and the issues that matter most. pic.twitter.com/zC19uMBIer
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 29, 2018
Per NBC News data, Gillum only spent $589K on TV, while Collective PAC spent $1.2M.
For context, Levine camp spent $23M (!), while Graham camp spent $8M.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) August 29, 2018