U.S. Rep Charlie Crist, D-Fla., waves to photographers after voting Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crist won the Democratic primary Tuesdasy against Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Here’s who won Florida’s primaries for governor, agriculture commissioner and attorney general

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall.

In selecting Crist, Florida Democrats sided with a candidate backed by many in the party’s establishment who viewed him as the safest choice. The 66-year-old Crist defeated Nikki Fried, the state agriculture commissioner.

DeSantis, the Republican incumbent, did not face a primary challenger.

Attorney General

Name Votes Percentage Contributions Expenses
Aramis Ayala 620,402 44.76% $116,855.17 $108,451.23
Jim Lewis 375,050 27% $43,637.07 $36,952.58
Daniel Uhlfelder 390,642 28.1% $369,868.26 $308,852.77

Former Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala defeated two other Democrats for a chance to challenge Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, who didn’t have a primary opponent. Ayala received national attention for refusing to seek the death penalty in murder cases.

As of Thursday, Moody had nearly $2.6 million in campaign contributions, of which she had spent about $157,000.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Republican Senate President Wilton Simpson defeated little-known candidate James Shaw. Naomi Blemur defeated two other candidates in the Democratic primary.

Name Votes Percentage Contributions Expenses
Naomi Blemur 683,658 50.39% $66,357.86 $55,972.30
J.R. Gaillot 261,423 19.27% $18,584 $11,691.52
Ryan Morales 411,615 30.34% $27,439.75 $22,102.81


Name Votes Percentage Contributions Expenses
James Shaw 564,993 35.3% $103,715.34 $104,780.28
Wilton Simpson 1,035,643 64.7% $2,325,759.03 $529,670.56


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