While there have been some polls in the past week showing a close contest on the Republican side and one showing Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam with the lead, most polls show U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., as the likely victor on the GOP side in Tuesday's primary.
DeSantis, who was endorsed by Trump, beat state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for the Republican nomination for governor, the Associated Press projected.
DeSantis rewrote the political playbook in Florida with his win, beating a candidate who raised considerably more money and executed a textbook campaign centered around extensive television advertising, cultivating strong support among GOP leaders across the state and employing superior grassroots organizing. Then in December, Trump tweeted out his support for DeSantis, who wasn't even in the race at the time. After Tuesday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake.
Despite being vastly outspent by his rivals, the charismatic and unabashedly liberal Gillum built a devoted following of progressives, many of them young and African-American, with his campaign message of social justice and lifting up poor people and appealing to Florida's growing diversity. Her husband, Jacques Randanne de Vazeille, said he trusts Trump's judgement.
DeSantis tied himself closely to Trump in the primary, and it paid off.
DeSantis announced his candidacy in January. "He's doing things the way I like", Parke said.
"Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida".
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.