Florida and Arizona Primary Results Cause Nationwide Stir

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Florida and Arizona Primary Results Cause Nationwide Stir

Max Kirsop

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On the 28th of August, voting polls opened in two more states as the November election draws near. Arizona, a Republican leaning state, saw the nomination of Martha McSally. Rep. McSally is a moderate republican who’s election as primary candidate may help secure the right’s senate majority, whereas her two deeply conservative and controversial opponents most likely would have pushed right leaning centrists to vote for democratic rep. Kyrsten Sinema. If the democratic party can lock down a senate position in Arizona, it will be crucial in their plan to dominate the senate. The atmosphere of this election has clearly been heavily influenced by president Trump, who’s policies as well as the ongoing probe by special investigator Robert Mueller have pushed left leaning citizens, politicians, and civil rights activists into action where they previously had fallen short. Trump voiced support for McSally on twitter the next day, claiming she “is now a highly respected member of Congress… Has my total and complete endorsement.”

Across the country, the Florida primary caused a stir with the election of their first African American nominee for Governor. Andrew Gillum is a hard democrat backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and a large Liberal following. He faces a strong ideological opponent, Ron DeSantis, a recurring guest on Fox news and a favorite congressman of Donald Trump’s. Rep. DeSantis is a major advocate for the proposed border wall and stricter immigration laws, while Gillum believes that ICE should be completely abolished in all forms. Gillum could potentially make history in the general election in November, but Trumps influence over conservative voters could easily seal a victory for DeSantis. Either way, the intensity surrounding this election has not gone unnoticed by the country, and, regardless of who wins the general election in either state, this election holds a lot of weight in the way that America will operate going into the 2020 election.