Marco Rubio won the Republican nomination for Senate on Tuesday night, a result that is seen as enhancing Republicans chances of retaining that seat and the Senate majority.
Beruff, a real estate developer who self-funded the campaign in a similar vein to Trump, had attacked Rubio for missing votes during his presidential campaign, not being anti-immigration enough and failing to wholeheartedly support Trump as the party's eventual nominee.
Patrick Murphy, who beat Grayson on Tuesday, was heavily favored by the party establishment, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. - Diane Martin-Johnson, 66, after voting for Marco Rubio, who won his Republican primary race in Florida to run for U.S. Senate in November. However, at the same time Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead in the Presidential race in the Sunshine State, with a 2.7 point lead in a head-to-head match and a 3.6 point lead in a four-way race.
In Florida, political watchers scoured primary returns in a bevy of House districts that were been redrawn just months ago by a court-ordered redistricting. Up for election are one-third of the Senate's 100 seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned last month as Democratic National Committee chairwoman, fended off the first serious challenge she's faced since winning office in 2004 by beating Tim Canova, a Bernie Sanders-backed law professor.
More than 70 percent of voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment exempting solar and other renewable energy devices on business and industrial property from property taxes.
On the Democratic side, Reps. She also took the opportunity to encourage her supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton.
"Despite our differences, I hope we can both agree that voters deserve to know where we stand on the important issues of our time", Rubio said in a day-after primary letter to Murphy.
Many of those races have been marked by the familiar national dynamic pitting the party establishment vs. insurgents.
But they have tiptoed around Trump, mainly out of concern that his provocative comments on illegal immigration, Muslims and USA support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could alienate moderate and independent voters in their states.
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In the 19th district seat vacated by Mr. Clawson, Francis Rooney, former US ambassador to the Vatican and a major GOP fundraiser, appears to have the upper hand over Chauncey Goss, son of former congressman and Central Intelligence Agency director Porter Goss; and Dan Bongino, an ex-Secret Service agent who twice failed in Maryland congressional bids.
Mr McCain was projected to handily win his contest against a more conservative candidate and advance to the November election.
And in the Orlando-area 9th District, Dena Grayson - wife of the incumbent - is battling her husband's former chief of staff, Susannah Randolph, and state Sen.
"He can be a very condescending, rude person to people who are trying to help", said Eric Jotkoff, former communications director for the Florida Democratic Party.
That prompted the major Republican Senate candidates to quit, leaving Carlos Beruff, 58, a millionaire homebuilder and newcomer to politics, as Rubio's main primary challenger.
For some, they admire Murphy as a centrist Democrat.
Arpaio had amassed a war chest of more than $10 million.
In November, he faces off against Patrick Murphy, who was projected to soar to victory against fellow congressman Alan Grayson in their bitterly fought Democratic primary.