BRENDAN FARRINGTON

Florida's new Trump-backed governor seeks to broaden appeal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters who expected new Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to be politically divisive because of his strong ties to President Donald Trump may be surprised by the quick actions he's taken in his first two weeks in office.

Jan. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EST
1st black Democratic nominee for Florida governor concedes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post.

Nov. 18, 2018 8:07 AM EST
Florida's 1st black nominee for gov challenged GOP dominance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post.

Nov. 17, 2018 8:34 PM EST
DeSantis, Gillum exchange insults in final Florida debate

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The candidates for Florida governor decried extreme political divisiveness on a day when pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic leaders, but then they immediately began intense name-calling during their final debate Wednesday.

Oct. 25, 2018 1:56 AM EDT
Florida governor's race turns ugly in aftermath of primary

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor's race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren't looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the Republican said voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by choosing his African-American opponent.

Aug. 29, 2018 7:46 PM EDT
Florida governor's race pits liberal Dem vs Trump Republican

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in the state's primary for governor while President Donald Trump's favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

Aug. 29, 2018 8:15 AM EDT
Liberal Gillum, Trump-backed DeSantis win Florida primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in the state's primary for governor while President Donald Trump's favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

Aug. 29, 2018 1:02 AM EDT
Trump's candidate to face black mayor for Florida governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's race for governor comes down to a conservative congressman backed by President Donald Trump and a once little-known liberal who hopes to become the state's first black governor.

Aug. 29, 2018 12:11 AM EDT
Agency mistakes plague GOP candidate for Florida governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Once Florida's presumed Republican nominee for governor, the state's agriculture commissioner is struggling to shake off a series of mistakes by his agency while he works to rebound from the president's endorsement of his rival.

Aug. 22, 2018 12:26 PM EDT
GOP primary for governor down to Florida guy vs. Fox guy

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — Down a network of dirt roads that defies GPS navigation, Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam and about 100 supporters gathered at a hunting plantation tucked into the Panhandle's pine trees.

Jul. 27, 2018 2:04 PM EDT
Rubio, Murphy win Florida's Senate primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy each easily won their Senate primaries Tuesday, setting up a November showdown that's guaranteed to be nasty as each party grapples for a majority in the chamber.

Aug. 30, 2016 11:10 PM EDT
A guide to Florida's primary election

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters will select Tuesday the nominees for U.S. Senate, decide whether to amend the state constitution to give a property tax break to promote solar energy and have a say in who should represent them in the U.

Aug. 30, 2016 3:53 AM EDT
Heckled offstage, Wasserman Schultz now seeks re-election

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The furor over leaked emails not only got U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled out of her speaking role Monday at the Democratic National Convention; it's also providing fodder for her congressional primary opponent.

Jul. 25, 2016 5:25 PM EDT
Florida Democrats have clear choice in race to replace Rubio

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democrats must decide whether their best shot at winning the Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio is a liberal firebrand who has said the GOP health plan was to hope people die quickly, or a moderate Democrat who often votes with Republicans.

Jan. 28, 2016 11:27 AM EST