Capital Report: 08-31-2018

Sep 4, 2018

A surprise outcome in Florida’s democratic gubernatorial primary has Democrat’s hopeful to reclaim the governor’s mansion and wrest control from Republicans for the first time in 20 years. It also marks a strong shift to the left-and hopes rest with a man who could become the first black governor in Florida’s history. Ryan Dailey prepared this report.

Congressman Ron DeSantis has won the Republican nomination for Florida governor. WMFE’s Brendan Byrne reports an endorsement from President Donald Trump propelled DeSantis over the finish line.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is facing national backlash following remarks he made about his opponent Andrew Gillum. Shawn Mulcahy examines the racial implications of DeSantis’s comment that has sparked outcry from figures across the political spectrum.

Adam Putnam was seen as a rising star in Republican circles. The former Congressman and state Agriculture Commissioner had never lost a race—until Tuesday. But as WUSF’s Steve Newborn reports, Putnam’s path to the governor’s mansion ran into a train conducted by Donald Trump.

Democrat Nikki Fried is squaring off against Republican Matt Caldwell in the race for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner. Regan McCarthy reports.

After winning their Primaries, two Tampa natives will now face off in November in the race for Florida’s top cop. As Sascha Cordner reports, Florida could either get its second female Attorney General or its first black male Attorney General.