Now, the outcome of November's election isn't as obvious to Florida Democrats. DeSantis thanked Trump from the stage of his own victory party in Orlando, promising to always take conservative "principled positions". He also appeared on Fox News Wednesday afternoon, where he said he would not be lectured by DeSantis or Trump. This also came after mistakes made by Putnam's state agency since 2012 were made public. So, where does America stand, after nearly two years of a Trump presidency?
We'll have to wait for the November 6 midterm elections to find out.
The 54-second video, "DeSantis: Trump's Yes Man", signals that while Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum may be vowing to not make Trump much of an issue this fall, outside Democratic groups will be more than happy to do so on Gillum's behalf.
Gillum and allies spent just $2.5 million, according to NBC News.
Andrew Gillum seized the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida despite being third in the polls just a week ago and outspent by tens of millions of dollars. He had momentum, which was evident by an event he held with Sanders this month in Tampa that drew about 1,000 people and raised eyebrows.
A multitude of factors contributed to the win, which made Gillum the first black nominee for governor in Florida history.
It was a strong statement of unity that has served the progressive liberal well, not only in his run for the nomination, backed by George Soros and Bernie Sanders, but throughout his political career. Asked whether he thinks Democrats should try to impeach the president if they retake the House, Gillum responded, "I absolutely do".
On the Republican side, DeSantis, a USA congressman from the Jacksonville area, stomped Adam Putnam, a former congressman and current Commissioner of Agriculture in Florida, with more than 56 percent of the vote. The Democratic primary featured a crowded and diverse crowd, and it was too early to call a victor as polls closed across the state. "Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots, they're going to be looking for a governor who is going to appeal to our higher aspirations as a state". But he still has some work ahead for that to happen. Statewide, blacks are 28 percent of the state's registered voters.
McSally's Democratic opponent is fellow U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema. For the first time, Democrats are running two progressive African-Americans in the South who have consciously avoided tacking to the center. "I, on the other hand, flew over 100 combat missions for our country".
Up and down the ballot, female candidates in both parties continued to dominate key races in a year with record numbers of women seeking office. It's a storyline we've been watching all primary season. "But they're not as important to me as a functioning, healthy American democracy".
And that endeared him to the liberal base of the Democratic Party.
For Republicans, the story has been Trump. Republicans could have nominated no bigger champion for the president than DeSantis.
"It's a very stark choice between the two candidates", added University of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald. That is quite the contrast with Democrats.