Trump-backed Rep. Ron DeSantis hammered Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s gubernatorial primary, a major victory for President Trump.
DeSantis is a 39 year-old Iraq War veteran and has served in the U.S. House since 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. President Trump’s endorsement helped DeSantis unexpectedly dominate Putnam.
Fox News released the projection just moments ago. They added:
Also, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott will easily win the GOP nomination for the Senate, according to a Fox News projection. Scott, who is term limited as governor, will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in what will be one of the most closely watched Senate races in November. Nelson was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
DeSantis will face off in November against the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Although it is too early to project a winner in that contest, former Rep. Gwen Graham, daughter of former Florida governor and Sen. Bob Graham, has a lead over half a dozen competitors.
Tuesday on Fox News, Karl Rove admitted, “If he wins the primary, it will be because he was endorsed by Donald Trump.”
DeSantis, an underdog prior to President Trump’s glowing endorsement, is riding the (red) wave of a very successful Administration. The 20% blowout for DeSantis is good news for President Trump as he still is holding strong in Florida.
Wow. Fox projected Ron DeSantis has topped Adam Putnam, 55.7 to 37.3.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 29, 2018
Despite an endless trove of attacks from the mainstream media, tonight was more evidence President Trump’s influence remains strong and powerful.
“Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done an incredible job,” the president tweeted. “He is running in Tuesdays Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong on Crime, Borders and wants Low Taxes. He will be a great Governor and has my full and total Endorsement!”
Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done an incredible job. He is running in Tuesdays Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong on Crime, Borders and wants Low Taxes. He will be a great Governor and has my full and total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Following the victory, President Trump tweeted, “Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!”
Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Projection: it's Andrew Gillum (D) vs. Ron DeSantis (R) for #FLGOV in November. Wow, what a turn of events.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 29, 2018
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 29, 2018
Trump-endorsed GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis projected to win primary in race for governor. DeSantis was considered a frontrunner because of support from the president. https://t.co/znot6PNmNp pic.twitter.com/GbwBOxR55C
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 29, 2018
Rep. Matt Gaetz also delivered a massive victory in Florida…
JUST IN: Rep. Matt Gaetz delivers landslide victory against never-Trump primary challenger
— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) August 29, 2018