By Marc Caputo (Politico) –
As a candidate, Donald Trump humiliated former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and crushed the state’s sitting Sen. Marco Rubio.
Now, as president, he’s asserting his dominance over the Republican party in the nation’s most important swing state as he lands in Tampa on Tuesday to rally for Rep. Ron DeSantis’ surging gubernatorial campaign ahead of Florida’s Aug. 28 primary.
Heading into the primary season, DeSantis was little-known to Republican voters. But then Trump tweeted supportfor him in December and followed with a second tweet in June, sending DeSantis zooming ahead of his primary opponent, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has been twice elected statewide and has held various Florida offices for 21 years.