Democratic primary contests and progressive challenges are the main topics as voters go to the polls in Florida and New York.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! As Democratic primary voters in Florida and New York head to the polls on Tuesday, a number of high-profile showdowns between Democrats are occurring.

In the Democratic primary for governor of Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried will square off against current Congressman Charlie Crist to see who will challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis in the regular election in November.

In a contentious race that has witnessed savage criticism from both sides, most polls show that Crist, a Republican who became a Democrat and who once held the office of governor of Florida while still a member of the GOP, is ahead of Fried.

While Crist has attempted to link Fried to Republican lawmakers, Republican-friendly lobby and business groups, Fried has largely concentrated her criticism of Crist on his tenure as a Republican Party member as well as his longer career as a politician.

DESANTIS continues to be voters’ top choice for governor in a recent poll while DEMINGS leads RUBIO in the contentious Senate race.

Nikki Fried, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and a Democratic candidate for 2022 Florida gubernatorial race, arrives at a ceremony for U.S. President Biden.

Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two longtime Democratic members of Congress, are now vying for the same seat in New York’s newly created 12th Congressional District after the state’s redistricting process following the 2020 census combined their respective New York City districts.

Both have held elected office since the early 1990s, but they are now being challenged by Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer and third Democrat, who is advocating for “generational change” and a departure from the “status quo” in terms of how the district is represented.

Although each candidate continuously obtains support from a sizeable portion of respondents, polls routinely have Nadler in the lead, followed by Maloney in second and Patel in third.

New York prepares for a major primary that will result in the loss of at least one Democratic House leader.

Incumbent candidates for New York's 12th Congressional District, Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

In the state’s 17th Congressional District, state senator Alessandra Biaggi is challenging incumbent Democrat Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney on the left.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a member of the “Squad,” and former far-left 2018 Democrat gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon have both endorsed Biaggi, a supporter of the “Defund the Police” campaign.

Biaggi appears to be hoping for a similar upset as that of Ocasio-Cortez over then-Democrat Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. Recent polls show Maloney, who presently represents the 18th Congressional District and is seen as a moderate Democrat, is leading by double digits.

The following competitions are listed for Tuesday:
FL-01: Controverted Mark Lombardo, a self-funder and former FedEx CEO, is Rep. Matt Gaetz’s main opponent.

FL-13: Trump’s support Rep. Charlie Crist’s decision to run for governor left this seat vacant, and Anna Paulina Luna will be competing against a number of other Republicans.

NY-10: For the Democratic nomination, more than a dozen contenders, including rookie Rep. Mondaire Jones, will compete. Former Trump impeachment manager Dan Goldman, who the former president mocked last week by endorsing, is also running for the seat that includes portions of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

NY-16: In the recently redistricted district, which some believe may favor the more moderate Gashi, team member Jamaal Bowman faces off against moderate Vedat Gashi.

NY-19 (Special): The contest in the Empire State’s 19th Congressional District, which includes parts of New York’s Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley, pits Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, against Democrat Patrick Ryan, the Ulster County executive, who has campaigned on a promise to protect abortion access.


Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., is interviewed in the Capitol on Friday, June 21, 2019. NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi attends The Fashion Act Rally held by the Button and Needle Sculpture in Manhattan of New York City February 12, 2022 to protest climate change and on fashion coalition to demand end to fashion's race to the bottom.

Polls will shut in New York at 9:00 p.m. ET, Florida at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Florida Panhandle at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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