The Latest: Kevin Stitt wins GOP nod for Oklahoma governor

Published 08-29-2018

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on primaries in Arizona and Florida and a runoff election in Oklahoma (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Tulsa mortgage company owner and political newcomer Kevin Stitt has won the Republican nomination in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor.

Stitt defeated former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in Tuesday's primary runoff. The 45-year-old will face Democrat Drew Edmondson and the winner of the Libertarian runoff.

Two-term Republican Gov. Mary Fallin couldn't run again because of term limits.

Stitt touted his experience growing his company, Gateway Mortgage Group, into one of the nation's largest privately held mortgage companies.

He boosted his campaign finances by loaning himself nearly $3.3 million, about half of the $6.5 million he received ahead of Tuesday's primary runoff.

He also overcame a barrage of negative advertising in recent weeks that highlighted wrongdoing by his company ahead of the country's mortgage crisis.

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6:20 p.m.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has won the Democratic nomination in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

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He boosted his campaign finances by loaning himself nearly $3.3 million, about half of the $6.5 million he received ahead of Tuesday's primary runoff.

He also overcame a barrage of negative advertising in recent weeks that highlighted wrongdoing by his company ahead of the country's mortgage crisis.

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6:20 p.m.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has won the Democratic nomination in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

Gillum won the primary Tuesday after upsetting a field of better-known and better-funded candidates. They included former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who aimed to follow her father to the office and become the state's first female governor.

Gillum is a favorite among those who call themselves progressive Democrats. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed him.

Gillum spent only $6.5 million on a primary where billionaire Jeff Greene spent $38 million and millionaire former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine spent about $29 million of

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6:20 p.m.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has won the Democratic nomination in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

Gillum won the primary Tuesday after upsetting a field of better-known and better-funded candidates. They included former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who aimed to follow her father to the office and become the state's first female governor.

Gillum is a favorite among those who call themselves progressive Democrats. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed him.

Gillum spent only $6.5 million on a primary where billionaire Jeff Greene spent $38 million and millionaire former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine spent about $29 million of his fortune.

Gillum faces the Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, in the race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

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5:05 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has won Florida's Republican nomination for governor, with the help of President Donald Trump's endorsement to overtake an opponent with a long history in Florida politics.

DeSantis defeated Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Tuesday and faces the Democratic challenger in the race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

DeSantis entered the race in January and largely built his name recognition with near-nightly Fox News appearances. Trump's endorsement helped him overtake Putnam, who has held elected office nearly his entire adult life.

DeSantis is a former Navy lawyer who won his seat in 2012 running as a Washington outsider. He ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out of the race when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio decided to run for re-election after a failed presidential campaign.

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5:05 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading into a bitter and expensive clash with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson after an easy win in the Republican primary.

The looming battle between Scott and the three-term Democratic incumbent could help determine whether Republicans keep control of the U.S. Senate.

Nelson wasn't on the ballot because no other Democrat challenged him in the primary.

Scott defeated California businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, who earned attention this year by mounting U.S. Senate bids in multiple states.

The two-term governor is leaving office because of term limits and entered the race for Senate at the urging of President Donald Trump.

Scott's campaign has already spent millions on television ads bashing Nelson as an out-of-touch career politician. Recent polls have shown Scott with a slight lead.

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4:15 p.m.

Arizona voters are nominating candidates to replace one of President Donald Trump's fiercest critics in the Senate, a primary contest that comes amid increasing political change in a closely watched political battleground.

Tuesday's primary contest is for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, whose opposition to Trump badly hurt his standing with the conservative Republican voters who dominate Arizona's GOP primaries.

The death of Sen. John McCain means both of the state's Senate seats will change hands by year's end. The state's governor will name a replacement to fill McCain's seat.

The three Republicans competing Tuesday all embraced Trump and distanced themselves from McCain, including establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally.

Florida and Oklahoma also are holding elections Tuesday.

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3:40 p.m.

Gun control is weighing on the minds of some voters casting ballots in Florida, where a Jacksonville shooting Sunday stoked the still painful memory of a February shooting in south Florida.

Independent voter Franklyn Roman of Miami says he wants Florida's next governor to press for some form of gun control. Roman says he's a gun owner and doesn't want anyone taking away his guns but adds, "I think it's become a problem."

Likewise, South Miami Democrat Louis Carvajal says restricting access to assault weapons, in light of the deadly shooting in Parkland this year, is an important issue.

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2:10 p.m.

A contractor hired to set up voting machines in the Phoenix area failed to send enough technicians, leaving several polling places down during Arizona's primary election.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Tuesday that his office in the state's most populous county learned of the issues Monday afternoon. He says he sent his staff to as many locations as possible to make fixes.

Fontes says he had expected up to 250 locations not being operational by Tuesday morning, but only four sites were down by 10 a.m. It's unclear how many polling places were down when they were supposed to open.

Fontes says the contractor didn't set up the machines on time. More than 100 calls from voters have reported problems Tuesday.

It comes more than two years after Phoenix-area voters endured hourslong lines after the county cut polling locations.

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12:20 a.m.

The death of six-term Sen. John McCain is shadowing the primary contest in Arizona to replace his seat-mate.

The race to succeed Sen. Jeff Flake lays bare the fissures in a Republican Party dramatically remade by President Donald Trump. The three Republicans running for Flake's seat have embraced Trump and distanced themselves from McCain, a sign of how far the late senator's status had fallen with conservatives who dominate Arizona's GOP primaries.

The outcome of Tuesday's primary will be closely watched by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who must name a replacement to fill McCain's seat for the next two years. McCain died Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Florida is also holding a primary Tuesday while voters in Oklahoma participate in a runoff for governor.

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Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt, left, greets supporters during a watch party in Jenks, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP) - The Associated Press


A voter cast his ballot at the Miami-Dade County Palm Springs North Fire Station, during the Florida primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) - The Associated Press


Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks with the news media during a campaign event at Versailles restaurant, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Miami. At left is his wife Casey DeSantis. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) - The Associated Press


In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 photo, U.S. Senatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks with the media after volunteering at a food pantry in Phoenix. Sinema is the democratic nominee seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. in a race against U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) - The Associated Press


In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 photo, U.S. Senatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., stands at the international border with Mexico, with ranchers Jim Chilton, left, Ted Noon, center, and Tom Kay, right, south of Arivaca, Ariz. In her bid to become the Republican Senate nominee, McSally has tacked hard right after initially keeping her distance from President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt York) - The Associated Press


FILE - In this May 2, 2018 file photo, Arizona Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward speaks to the media as she prepares to file her nominating petitions at the state Capitol in Phoenix. Ward, running for her party's nomination for an open Senate seat, suggested the announcement that McCain was ending medical treatment was intended to hurt her campaign hours before Sen. John McCain died on Saturday, Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File) - The Associated Press


Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks with the news media during a campaign event at Versailles restaurant, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Miami. At left is his wife Casey DeSantis. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) - The Associated Press


Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam speaks during a campaign rally at the Columbia restaurant Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Putnam is running against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) - The Associated Press


Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, second from left, speaks with Jacksonville community leaders about gun violence Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at a restaurant near the scene of a mass shooting on Sunday at The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla. A gunman opened fire at a video game tournament killing multiple people and then fatally shooting himself in a rampage that wounded several others. (AP Photo/John Raoux) - The Associated Press


Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine talks to members of the media Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, near the scene of a mass shooting at The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla. A gunman opened fire Sunday at a video game tournament killing multiple people and then fatally shooting himself in a rampage that wounded several others. (AP Photo/John Raoux) - The Associated Press