President Trump eyes governor race as Florida heads to the polls
Trump endorses Ron DeSantis over Adam Putnam
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida voters are going to the polls to select nominees to replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott in an election that's caught the attention of President Donald Trump.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. local time across the state.
Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary for governor over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
In the Democratic primary, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is seeking to win the nomination in hopes of following her father, Bob Graham, into the governor's office.
Graham is being challenged by former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, billionaire Jeff Greene and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.
Florida is also picking its nominees for agriculture commissioner and attorney general. And while Scott has a primary in the U.S. Senate race, it's a foregone conclusion that he'll cruise to victory in the effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
Voter info for Florida's Primary Election Day
UPDATE: For the 2018 elections, Orange County has changed 20 polling places. The voters in those precincts will receive new voter information cards at the end of July with the new polling place listed. Those voters will also receive their sample ballot, in August, highlighting the change.
Aug. 28: Primary election.
Oct. 2-9: Mandatory period for vote-by-mail ballots to be sent to domestic voters for general election.
Oct. 9: Last day to register for general election
Oct. 27-Nov. 3: Mandatory early voting period for general election *additional days vary by county
Nov. 6: General election.
Check here for special dates specific to individual counties.
- Don Baldauf, political activist
- Ron DeSantis, current U.S. representative for 6th Congressional District of Florida
- Timothy M. Devine, write-in candidate for governor in 2014
- Bob Langford
- John Joseph Mercadante, Miami businessman
- Bruce Nathan, pediatric therapist who ran as independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016
- Adam Putnam, Florida Agriculture Commissioner
- Bob White, Polk County resident and founder of Liberty Catalyst Fund
- Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Mayor
- Gwen Graham, former U.S. representative and daughter of former Gov. Bob Graham
- Jeff Greene, Palm Beach billionaire who lost 2010 primary for U.S. Senate
- Chris King, Orlando businessman and founder of Elevation Financial Group
- Philip Levine, former Miami Beach Mayor
- Alex “Lundy” Lundmark
- John Wetherbee
- Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente
- Rick Scott, current Florida Governor
- Bill Nelson *
U.S. Rep. District 2 -- Marion (Levy and Several Counties in the Panhandle)
- Neal Dunn*
- Brandon Peters
- Bob Rackleff
U.S. Rep. District 3 -- Marion (Clay, Putnam, Alachua, Bradford, Union)
- Judson Sapp
- Ted Yoho *
- Dushyant Jethagir Gosai
- Yvonne Hayes Hinson
- Tom Wells
U.S. Rep. District 6 -- Flagler, Volusia, Lake (St. Johns)
- Fred Costello
- Michael Waltz
- John Ward
- Stephen Sevigny
- Nancy Soderberg
- John Upchurch
U.S. Rep. District 7 -- Seminole, Orange
- Vennia Francois
- Mike Miller
- Scott Sturgill
- Stephanie Murphy *
- Chardo Richardson
U.S. Rep. District 8 Brevard, Orange (Indian River)
- Bill Posey *
- Sanjay Patel
U.S. Rep. District 9 Osceola, Orange (Polk)
- Wayne Liebnitzky
- Alan Grayson
- Darren Soto *
U.S. Rep. District 10 Orange
No qualified Republican candidates
- Wade Darius
- Val Demings *
U.S. Rep. District 11 Marion, Sumter, Lake (Hernando, Citrus)
- Daniel Webster *
- Dana Cottrell
U.S. Rep. District 15 Lake (Polk and Hillsborough)
- Neil Combee
- Sean Harper
- Danny Kushmer
- Curt Rogers
- Ed Shoemaker
- Ross Spano
- Kristen Carlson
- Andrew P. Learned
- Raymond “Ray” Pena
Orange County Mayor
- Pete Clarke
- Jerry L. Demings
- Rob Panepinto
Orange County School Board Chair
- Matthew J. Fitzpatrick
- Teresa Jacobs
- Robert Allen Prater
- Nancy Robbinson
- Ashley Moody, Republican
- Frank White, Republican
- Sean Shaw, Democrat
- Ryan Torrens, Democrat
Chief Financial Officer
- Jimmy Patronis, Republican *
- Jeremy Ring, Democrat
- Matt Caldwell
- Denise Grimsley
- Mike McCalister
- Baxter Troutman
- Roy David Walker
- Nicole "Nikki" Fried
- Jeffrey Duane Porter
* denotes all incumbent candidates
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