The endorsement took place at the Florida GOP annual meeting on Friday, as reported by Florida's Voice. This announcement comes on the heels of Trump's impressive victories in several early state primaries, where he nearly doubled his support in the Nevada GOP caucus.
The motion to endorse Trump was made by GOP Duval County Chairman and Representative Dean Black, hailing from Jacksonville. Black expressed his belief that the primary race is effectively over and that the Florida GOP is now fully united behind President Trump. He criticized President Joe Biden, referring to him as "Crooked Joe Biden" and highlighting what he perceives as Biden's weakness and ineptitude. Black emphasized the urgency of stopping America's decline and the need for a change in leadership.
State Republican Party Chairman Evan Power echoed Black's sentiments, emphasizing the importance of unity within the party to defeat President Biden and his administration in the upcoming November elections. Power pointed to the results of the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, which he believes indicate that Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He also noted that prominent Florida politicians, including Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Marco Rubio, and Senator Rick Scott, have all called for the party to rally behind Trump.
Governor DeSantis, who dropped out of the Iowa Caucuses, had previously endorsed Trump for the nomination in January. DeSantis cited the desire of a majority of Republican primary voters to give Trump another chance, as they witnessed his presidency being hindered by relentless resistance and ongoing attacks from Democrats.
This endorsement by the Republican Party of Florida solidifies Trump's position as a frontrunner for the 2024 election.