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Senate Hopeful Rick Scott Breaks With Trump Over Puerto Rico Deaths
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson calls president’s claim ‘shameful‘

Florida Gov. Rick Scott broke with President Trump about the death toll in Puerto Rico after two 2017 hurricanes. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who is trying to take Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s seat, broke with President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying he sees no reason to doubt nearly 3,000 people died following hurricanes in Puerto Rico last year.

During a morning Twitter rant, the president accused Puerto Rican officials and Democrats of lying about how many people died there after Hurricanes Maria and Irma pummeled the island in a coordinated effort to make him look bad.

Midterms Show We’re Not Any Closer to a Post-Racial America
Racially charged language is a trademark rather than a flaw to many

Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, warned state voters not to “monkey this up” by electing his Democratic opponent, who is African-American. Above, DeSantis and Trump appear at a rally in Tampa, Fla., in July. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

OPINION — Remember the time when Trent Lott got in a heap of trouble for remembering the time?

It was 2002, and the Senate Republican leader representing Mississippi was waxing nostalgic for what he considered the good old days at a 100th birthday celebration for South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. Carried away by the moment — and in remarks that recalled similar words from 1980 — Lott said: “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

12 Ratings Changes: Democrats Could Gain Up to 8 Governor Seats in 2018
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales — an authoritative look at where things stand for 2018

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales has a dozen updates to his ratings for the 36 gubernatorial seats up for election this midterm. Eight of his recent shifts favor Democrats, who are poised to make gains that could be crucial ahead of the 2020 census count and ensuing redistricting fights.

Below are all the ratings changes. You can also explore the map at Roll Call's 2018 Election Guide:

GOP Rep Says DeSantis Should Apologize for ‘Stupid’ Monkey Comment
Florida Republican Curbelo calls out DeSantis over comment he made about black opponent

Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, said he didn’t think fellow GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis is a racist, but his comment on his African-American opponent is. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said fellow Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis should apologize for a remark he made about his Democratic opponent in the state’s governor’s race that has been criticized as racist.

DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, came under fire for saying in an interview with Fox News that Florida could not afford to “monkey this up” by electing Democratic nominee Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American.

Florida’s Ron DeSantis Doubles Down on ‘Monkey This Up’ Comment
‘It has zero to do with race,’ GOP governor candidate says

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., won the GOP primary for Florida governor on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the GOP nomination Tuesday for Florida’s governor race later this year, leaned into a comment he made Wednesday on Fox News that voters should not “monkey this up” by voting for his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black.

“It has zero to do with race,” DeSantis, who is vacating his seat in Florida’s 6th District to run for governor, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on prime time Wednesday night, just hours after he made the “monkey” remark.

Trump-Backed DeSantis Easily Secures GOP Governor Nod in Florida
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is surprise winner of Democratic nomination

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., won the Florida Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 9:28 p.m. | Buoyed by an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Rep. Ron DeSantis easily secured the Republican nomination for Florida governor Tuesday in the race to succeed GOP Gov. Rick Scott.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis led state Agriculture Commissioner and former Rep. Adam Putnam 56 percent to 37 percent, according to The Associated Press. 

Hastings Jokes About Trump Drowning in the Potomac
Something is ‘tragically wrong’ with the president, Florida Democrat says

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., shown here in May, entertained a crowd at a Democratic rally Sunday with jokes about President Donald Trump. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat with a reputation for riling Republicans and weathering numerous controversies, entertained a crowd Sunday with a joke about President Donald Trump falling into the Potomac.

The joke, at a rally sponsored by 16 of South Florida’s Broward County Democratic clubs, revolved around the difference between a “crisis” and a “catastrophe.”

Walz Wins DFL Nomination for Minnesota Governor
Former Gov. Pawlenty gets thrashed in Republican primary

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., won the gubernatorial nomination for the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tim Walz won the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party nomination in Minnesota’s gubernatorial race.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, Walz had 41.7 percent ahead of state Rep. Erin Murphy’s 32.1 percent and Attorney General Lori Swanson’s 24.4 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Gary Johnson Mounting Third-Party Bid for New Mexico Senate Seat
Former GOP governor took 9 percent in state as 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate, will run for Senate in New Mexico this November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson has qualified to run for Senate in New Mexico, according to the secretary of state’s candidate list.

Johnson, who served two terms as New Mexico governor as a Republican, will make a formal announcement on his bid soon, his campaign manager told The Associated Press.

Some House Members Flop In Bids for Governor
Colleen Hanabusa is the latest one to fall

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, lost her primary run for governor. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s loss in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is the latest example of House members losing their bids for the highest office in a state. 

Hanabusa lost the primary Saturday to incumbent Gov. David Ige. Hanabusa returned to the House in 2016 after the death of former Rep. Mark Takai.