The Latest: Voters cite climate, school safety, conservatism

Published 08-28-2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the primary election in Florida (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Concerns about climate change and school safety are the main reasons two South Florida voters say they are supporting former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Michael Lefever is a 29-year-old Democrat who works in the transportation industry. He said after voting Tuesday that Levine has been a "champion" of climate change. Lefever added that he thinks South Florida should be better represented in the capital, Tallahassee.

Lefever says he doesn't think President Donald Trump is much of a factor in Florida's statewide races. He says it is a senator's role, not a governor's, to stand up to the president. Lefever also voted for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, whose challenger in November is likely to be Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Louis Carvajal is a 44-year-old former teacher who has a son. Carvajal says he voted for Levine because he views protecting schools as the No. 1 issue in the governor's race. He says he's not opposed to guns but believes some sort of restrictions should be placed on assault weapons.

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11:20 a.m.

A University of Miami political science professor says he voted for Gwen Graham in Florida's Democratic primary for governor because he believes 2018 is the year of the woman.

Gregory Koger also said he believes Graham will make the strongest candidate in November's general election. After casting his ballot on Tuesday, the 47-year-old said it was a tough choice because there were "a lot of good candidates" in the Democratic primary.

He said he believes Graham can "help turn out a lot of voters, make people feel enthusiastic and provide a nic

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11:20 a.m.

A University of Miami political science professor says he voted for Gwen Graham in Florida's Democratic primary for governor because he believes 2018 is the year of the woman.

Gregory Koger also said he believes Graham will make the strongest candidate in November's general election. After casting his ballot on Tuesday, the 47-year-old said it was a tough choice because there were "a lot of good candidates" in the Democratic primary.

He said he believes Graham can "help turn out a lot of voters, make people feel enthusiastic and provide a nice contrast in the race." Graham is the daughter of former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham.

Koger cited Medicaid expansion as another reason he selected Graham because he feels it is "life or death for thousands of Floridians." He says it's "ridiculous" that Florida has been rejecting Medicaid expansion "so that the Republican legislators can have a personal talking point."

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11:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump's endorsement played a major role in Josie Parke's decision to vote for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida's Republican primary for governor.

The 68-year-old interior designer and

A University of Miami political science professor says he voted for Gwen Graham in Florida's Democratic primary for governor because he believes 2018 is the year of the woman.

Gregory Koger also said he believes Graham will make the strongest candidate in November's general election. After casting his ballot on Tuesday, the 47-year-old said it was a tough choice because there were "a lot of good candidates" in the Democratic primary.

He said he believes Graham can "help turn out a lot of voters, make people feel enthusiastic and provide a nice contrast in the race." Graham is the daughter of former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham.

Koger cited Medicaid expansion as another reason he selected Graham because he feels it is "life or death for thousands of Floridians." He says it's "ridiculous" that Florida has been rejecting Medicaid expansion "so that the Republican legislators can have a personal talking point."

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11:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump's endorsement played a major role in Josie Parke's decision to vote for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida's Republican primary for governor.

The 68-year-old interior designer and architect from Coral Gables says she believes DeSantis is a "true Republican." After casting her ballot on Tuesday morning, Parke said she believes in Trump's policies and that DeSantis is also "a very conservative person."

While Parke said she supports the president, she added that she doesn't "love the way he opens his mouth too much, sometimes saying things that are not quite appropriate."

DeSantis is running against Agriculture Commission Adam Putnam in the Republican primary.

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3:20 a.m.

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.

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.

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