5 Things We Learned From Tuesday's Primaries And What They Mean For November

Nominees for midterm election races were decided in three states Tuesday, and the results set up ideological showdowns between pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces that could determine control of the Senate and reveal how broad the appeal of progressive policies is.

On the Republican side, Rep. Ron DeSantis defeated Adam Putnam in the Florida gubernatorial primary, Rep. Martha McSally won the nomination for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat, and political novice Kevin Stitt secured the nomination for governor of Oklahoma.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination to face off with DeSantis, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema easily won the Democratic primary for the Arizona Senate seat, and Democratic nominee Drew Edmondson leads Stitt slightly in polling for the Oklahoma governor’s race.

The night’s results do not clearly fit any one political narrative, with establishment candidates holding on in some races and insurgents pulling off big wins in others. If nothing else, the general election matchups will make for an interesting and intense Nov. 6.

“If you’re a political watcher, you’re in for a treat in Florida and Arizona,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Florida is the main event, but Arizona ain’t too shabby.”

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at WJLA

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