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

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

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

Republican Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018.

Trump's endorsement helped him overtake Putnam, who has held elected office almost his entire adult life. He had become one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress before deciding to run for agriculture commissioner. While Putnam was focused on a grassroots campaign, DeSantis was an nearly nightly feature on Fox News, usually defending Trump.

There are several key races, including the contest for governor, which President Trump has even weighed in on.

Well, he lost. As for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Rep. Gwen Graham was the supposed favorite, but Cook Political Report's David Wasserman projects Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to clinch the win.

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Trump's backing helped push DeSantis past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has held elected office in Florida since 1996, quickly built up establishment support and raised millions of dollars. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen. The Arizona seat of retiring Republican Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, is considered one of the two top takeover targets for Democrats, along with Nevada. At FiveThirtyEight, Nathaniel Rakich says, correctly I think, that Democrats may be hurting in the general election if Gillum takes down Graham. McSally has already launched advertising aimed at her likely Democratic opponent in November, U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

Alan Grayson, a liberal firebrand who ignited controversy during his previous tenure in Congress, has made a decision to run again for his old seat representing a district in Florida.

Ron DeSantis cruised to an easy victory in the GOP gubernatorial primary Tuesday evening, with the Associated Press and NBC calling the race moments after polls closed at 8 p.m. ET.

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