Endorsed gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis prevails in Florida GOP primary

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Florida's Democratic primary is the most crowded since 1978, the year Bob Graham eventually won the governor's race.

With almost half of the vote counted when the Associated Press called the race, DeSantis was leading Putnam by almost 20 points.

In the biggest surprise of Tuesday evening's primaries, Gwen Graham, the frontrunner to become the Democratic nominee for Florida's governor, lost out to the more progressive challenger Andrew Gillum.

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Gillum is the first African American to win a major-party nomination for governor in Florida. Her husband, Jacques Randanne de Vazeille, said he trusts Trump's judgement.

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All of that proved fruitless in the face of Trump's endorsement, which helped pluck DeSantis from relative obscurity and propel him into the frontrunner spot in the GOP race.

Some of the other primary contests 10News will be monitoring closely tonight include the races for governor, U.S. House and attorney general. "He's doing things the way I like", Parke said. After Tuesday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake.

DeSantis made his allegiance to Trump the central theme of his race, airing a campaign ad in which he urged his toddler daughter to "build that wall" with toy blocks.

Gillum and DeSantis will compete for the office held by Scott, who can't run for re-election because of term limits and is instead challenging Democratic U.S. Sen.