Florida Gov. Scott endorses Donald Trump for president

File photo, Florida Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — One day after Florida held its presidential primary, Florida Governor Rick Scott endorsed Donald Trump.

The Republican governor on Wednesday posted a message to his Facebook page that asked his fellow Republicans to come together and support Trump.

“But the voters are speaking clearly – they want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington,” Scott said in the Facebook post.

Scott had previously said he was waiting to endorse a presidential candidate.

Trump won Florida’s Republican Presidential Primary on March 15 earning 46 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio earned 27 percent of the vote and Ted Cruz had 17 percent.

Hillary Clinton won Florida’s Democratic Presidential Primary with 66 percent of the vote. Bernie Sanders had 34 percent. See the March 2016 Primary election results here. 

Below is the full text of Scott’s Facebook post.


“I’m asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November.

With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.

This has been a hard fought primary, with an outstanding roster of excellent candidates, including two of Florida’s favorite sons, and several Republican Governors who are close friends of mine.

But the voters are speaking clearly – they want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington.

When I first ran for Governor the political class and party leaders opposed me with great vigor, and some even said if I won the primary they would never vote for me. But the voters had other ideas, and they are the only ones who count.

Here’s what really matters – we have to elect a Republican in the fall in order to grow jobs, rebuild our military, and put a person who respects the Constitution on the Supreme Court.

This is the stuff that truly matters.

If we spend another four months tearing each other apart, we will damage our ability to win in November. It’s time for an end to the Republican on Republican violence. It’s time for us to begin coming together, we’ve had a vigorous primary, now let’s get serious about winning in November.”


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