Crist wins Dem Primary Gov. race, already takes on DeSantis in victory speech

Nikki Fried concedes in Fort Lauderdale

Charlie Crist wins the Democratic Primary in Florida and will go up against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. He already has fighting words for the Republican.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Rep Charlie Crist will face off against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. In his victory speech, he already took on the opponent he’ll face in November.

“Guys this is simple. Gov. DeSantis only cares about the White House. He doesn’t care about your house. Don’t be fooled by the DeSantis propaganda machine. He doesn’t promote freedom. He takes freedom away.”

“If we stand up to this bully we will defeat him in November,” Crist said to his cheering supporters chanting “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie.”

Crist will also be going up against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s fundraising juggernaut — his campaign said the incumbent plans to spend $20 million in a statewide media blitz in the next few months.

Watch below: Crist speaks after winning primary

State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried conceded the race just after 8 p.m. saying “No one ever broke a glass ceiling on the first pitch.”

Surrounded by her loved ones, she said her campaign fought hard but came up short. “While tonight did not go the way we all hoped it had gone, I know that tonight is the start of a new chapter.”

11 p.m. report:

Nikki Fried says she may have lost the Democratic primary nomination for Governor, but she isn't giving up the fight.

She said she will back Crist in his campaign and that they both have the same mission. “. . . That is to take on Ron DeSantis in November.”

Fried told her supporters: “So now I am asking every Democrat across the state of Florida, make sure you are talking to your family, make sure you are talking to your friends, because we understand that Democracy is on the line in November.”

View results for Governor:




Charlie Crist (D)
Cadance Daniel (D)
Nikki Fried (D)
Robert Willis (D)

About the Authors:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.