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Florida's agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam had been the one leading in the polls until President Donald Trump dived in to endorse DeSantis.

With algae blooms devastating waterfront communities on both coasts, DeSantis hammered Putnam for being too closely tied to the sugar industry, which is regularly blamed for contributing to excess nutrient levels that fuel algae growth.

DeSantis's victory is yet another example of Trump's ability to lift candidates to victory in GOP primaries. Bernie Sanders, one of several national celebrities who endorsed him, along with actress Jane Fonda, TV producer Norman Lear and former NBA star Grant Hill.

Gillum framed himself as the truly progressive candidate who could break Florida Democrats' five-cycle losing streak of losing the governor's office. "He's doing things the way I like", Parke said.

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31.

Gillum will now square off with DeSantis in what will be viewed as a referendum on Trump in a battle to replace Scott, who easily won his primary battle Tuesday for the Republican nomination to challenge Bill Nelson, a moderate Democrat, for his USA senate seat.

The strategy worked, and many voters say that's what convinced them to support DeSantis. Putnam is the candidate of the state's Republican establishment. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

Supporters at DeSantis' party in Orlando chanted "Ron! Ron!"

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, made history with his upset primary win. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening.

Gillum is the first African American to win a major-party nomination for governor in Florida. "People are starting to wake up and realize what we need for America and that is people who care and who have served and that want to make a better America where we work for it and it's not just handed to us".

Graham takes 32 percent of those surveyed while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has moved into second place with 25 percent.