Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist (FL) is the projected winner of Florida’s gubernatorial primary, topping the state’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
And in the Senate, Democrat Rep. Val Demings (FL) has won her primary, and will face Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) in November.
With roughly 92% of the votes counted, Crist has a 25 percentage-point lead over Fried, ABC News reported Tuesday evening. Crist has about 60% of the vote, compared to the commissioner’s 35%.
Crist will next square off against Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in November.
DeSantis, a standout in the GOP and an expected 2024 presidential candidate, has fared well in recently polling against both Crist and Fried.
A Florida Chamber of Commerce poll last week showed the Republican topping both Democrats in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Florida Politics reported.
Against Fried, DeSantis took 50% of the votes, compared to her 43%. And against Crist, DeSantis again took a lead, 51% to 43% respectively.
Rubio, who’s been in the Senate since 2011, will face off against Demings in November.
Demings, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District, handily won the Senate primary election on Tuesday.
The Democrat topped former Florida state Rep. Brian Rush, attorney William Sanchez, and entrepreneur Ricardo De La Fuente with 85.3% of the vote, USA Today reported.
About 75% of the votes have been counted thus far.
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