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Florida Senator Rick Scott supports Donald Trump over Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott endorsed former President Donald Trump Thursday over his home state governor, adding to the growing opposition Gov. Ron DeSantis is encountering on his home turf.

Scott and DeSantis have long had a strained relationship, unlike the senator’s close ties to Trump. So it isn’t surprising Scott would pick Trump over DeSantis.

Scott typically has shied away from endorsing in primaries, though, and coming out in favor of Trump adds to the turbulence DeSantis is experiencing in his home state of Florida.

“I do know a lot of the candidates running for president, and I respect their decision to place themselves through this very difficult process,” Scott said in his endorsement. “They’ve made their case to voters, laid out their agendas and their plans, and told their stories. Make no mistake: each one in all them could be a greater president than Joe Biden. But Republican voters are making their voices heard loud and clear. They need to return to the leadership of Donald Trump.”

Last week, outstanding Jewish Republican state Rep. Randy Wonderful flipped his endorsement from DeSantis to Trump after accusing DeSantis of not taking a powerful enough stand against antisemitism within the wake of the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Wonderful’s move undercut DeSantis’ aggressive efforts to advertise himself as a staunch ally of Israel.

Many GOP state legislators have endorsed DeSantis, but NBC News reported that more of them are considering flipping their endorsements to Trump.

Scott’s endorsement comes because the Florida GOP is preparing for a giant gathering on Saturday near Orlando that can feature each Trump and DeSantis.

The event offers a possibility for Trump to point out his strength in DeSantis’ backyard, where he won by nearly 20 percentage points in last yr’s election.

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