Backed DeSantis Easily Secures GOP Governor Nod in Florida

Trump to Republican voters: 'I love Florida' and endorse Ron DeSantis

President Donald Trump's endorsement lifted U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis to victory in Florida's Republican primary for governor Tuesday and abruptly halted the long rise of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for years a darling of the state's GOP establishment.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has prevailed in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday.

With almost half of the vote counted when the Associated Press called the race, DeSantis was leading Putnam by almost 20 points.

The Democratic primary is now close between former Rep. Gwen Graham - a centrist and daughter of former governor and Sen.

DeSantis will be hoping to keep the GOP's gubernatorial streak in Florida alive heading into November.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, made history with his upset primary win.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, had been endorsed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.




Gillum was a favorite among many groups that call themselves progressive Democrats.

"I changed my vote when Trump supported DeSantis", said the 67-year-old retiree from Pinellas County. In one memorable ad, DeSantis showed himself with his children, teaching them to "build the wall" with blocks and reading them the president's famous book, The Art of the Deal.

Sharon Grant said she was planning to vote for Putnam - until Trump weighed in on the race.

Trump initially tweeted his support for DeSantis before the congressman entered the race in January.

"Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida".

Florida will also be home to one of the top Senate contests this cycle. "He's doing things the way I like", Parke said.

Gillum and DeSantis will compete for the office held by Scott, who can't run for re-election because of term limits and is instead challenging Democratic U.S. Sen.

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