Primary Finale: Establishment loses big in Florida governor race, holds the field in Arizona senate race

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

As the primary election cycle winds down before the November midterms, there were two notable takeaways from yesterday’s results.  In the races that decided the opposing candidates for Florida’s next governor, the party establishment candidates both lost in a very big way.  This was especially surprising on the Democratic side where polling had indicated that the eventual winner, a black progressive backed by Bernie Sanders, didn’t have much of a chance to succeed. Apparently, younger voters turned out in greater numbers than was anticipated and the opinion polls once again failed to recognize it.

In the Arizona race to replace retiring senator Jeff Flake (R), both the Republican and Democratic establishment candidates cruised to victory in a rebuke of populist sentiment.  The GOP result was particularly annoying for President Trump who was angered by Flake’s sharp criticism of him and wanted a loyal supporter to fill…

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