With Trump's support, Republican DeSantis wins primary for Florida governor

With Trump's support, Republican DeSantis wins primary for Florida governor

With Trump's support, Republican DeSantis wins primary for Florida governor

The strategy worked, and many voters say that's what convinced them to support DeSantis.

Pinellas County saw voter turnout near 30 percent.

Trump-backed Rep. Ron DeSantis has defeated Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican gubernatorial primary, delivering yet another sign of Trump's hold over the GOP base.

"I believe in Trump's policies and while I don't love the way he opens his mouth too much, sometimes saying things that are not quite appropriate, I do believe that in his heart he really means well". While Putnam was focused on a grassroots campaign, DeSantis was an nearly nightly feature on Fox News, usually defending Trump.

Underdogs win nominations to be governor of Florida
Mr Andrew Gillum will square off against Mr 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. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening. He had become one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress before deciding to run for agriculture commissioner.

The Tampa Bay Times politics staff is here to walk you through what's sure to be a wild day in Florida politics, with competitive primaries at the local, state and federal level all up for grabs.

Florida also will host one of the country's top U.S. Senate races between term-limited Republican Governor Rick Scott, who won the Senate nomination against token opposition, and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. After the primary, Scott will face Democratic Sen. Graham could become Florida's first female governor; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could become the state's first black governor; and either former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine or billionaire Jeff Greene could be the state's second Jewish governor.

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