TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - Primary elections are being held Tuesday for governor, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, dozens of legislative and congressional seats and hundreds of local offices.
Congressman Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are battling for the Republican nomination for governor. Meanwhile, five Democrats are running in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary as the party looks to win the governor's mansion for the first time in two decades.
Polls have shown former Congresswoman Gwen Graham ahead of former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Businessmen Jeff Greene and Chris King have struggled to gain traction ahead of Election Day.
After voting in the capital city Tuesday morning, Mayor Gillum told reporters the momentum is on his side.
“We are extremely excited about today holds. I’m very optimistic, quite frankly, that this is going to be a pretty transformational day not only for us and our family, but for the state of Florida," said Gillum. "I think we are going to surprise a lot of people this evening.”
More than 1.9 million Floridians voted early or by mail, ahead of Election Day.
Polls will be open until 7 p.m. local time across the state for those waiting until the last minute.