(National Sentinel) POTUS-backed: Republicans backed by POTUS Donald Trump cruised to victory in primaries around the country on Tuesday.
In Florida, Rep. Ron DeSantis easily won the GOP nomination for governor to replace current Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
In Arizona, Trump-backed Rep. Martha McSally bested her GOP rivals to capture her party’s nomination in the race to fill retiring RINO and #NeverTrumper Jeff Flake.
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The AP noted:
With the backing of President Donald Trump and more than 100 appearances on Fox News under his belt, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis sailed to victory in Florida’s Republican primary for governor Tuesday, defeating a longtime favorite of the GOP establishment with a campaign based largely around the president.
DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old.
DeSantis was first elected to Congress in 2012, running as a Washington outsider. His television ads were Trump-focused, including one where his toddler stacks bricks while DeSantis exclaims, “Build the wall!”
The strategy worked, and many voters say that’s what convinced them to support DeSantis.
Sharon Grant said she was planning to vote for Putnam — until Trump weighed in on the race.
“I changed my vote when Trump supported DeSantis,” said the 67-year-old retiree from Pinellas County. “I also loved his commercial, the one with the kids.”
Josie Parke, 68, an interior designer in Coral Gables, said Trump’s backing swayed her vote for DeSantis, too.
“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. He’s doing things the way I like,” Parke said.
In Arizona, McSally bested Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio, winning 51 percent of the vote to Ward’s 22 percent and Arpaio’s 20 percent.
McSally will face Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the general election this November, and analysts are noting this is not a slam-dunk. Democrats could actually flip this seat.
NBC News reported:
Rep. Martha McSally handily defeated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward in the Arizona Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night, setting the stage for a November battle over a seat that could determine control of the Senate, NBC News projects.
McSally, a former fighter pilot, had been favored to prevail over the two conservatives, who split the anti-establishment vote. But McSally tacked to the right in the primary, which could cause problems for her in what is expected to be a tough race against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November.