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Fred Hubbell wins Democratic nod for Iowa governor

Democratic businessman and philanthropist Fred Hubbell cruised to victory in what had been a closely fought primary for governor. With just 14 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Hubbell, who was winning more than 55 percent of votes in a six-way race.

Hubbell will face Republican Kim Reynolds, who became governor after her predecessor left to become ambassador to China; she faced no primary after successfully challenging an opponent’s ballot petition signatures. But Hubbell spent heavily to win the race and caught a lucky break in its final weeks.

In mid-May, polling had Hubbell leading state Sen. Nate Boulton, who had won over many of Iowa’s labor unions, by single digits — and had neither candidate won more than 35 percent of the vote, the race would have gone to a party convention. But onMay 23, the Des Moines Register revealed that Boulton had made unwanted advances on several women. He quit the race, and none of Hubbell’s less well-funded challengers were able to capture his votes.

Live primary results: Florida and Arizona, plus Oklahoma runoffs

There are big races today in Arizona and Florida. In both states, voters are picking their candidates for key Senate races, though in Florida the winners have looked clear for months. In Florida, voters in both parties are weighing in on their candidates for governor.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, voters are choosing candidates in runoffs, including for the GOP nominee for governor.

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