For Republican voters - particularly the type of "super voters" who stood outside for hours in the rain to see Trump speak - Tuesday night's coronation was critical in identifying Florida's Republican nominee for governor.
Trump has also made negative headlines after speeches when he said African-American football players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, told inappropriate stories about lavish yacht parties in front of thousands of young Boy Scouts, and called for Sen.
The actual number of fraud cases is very small, and the type that voter IDs are created to prevent - voter impersonation at the ballot box - is virtually nonexistent. "This is about leading a $1 trillion economy in the third largest state and to do that you need to know Florida", Putnam told reporters. It's insane. It's insane.
"It's insane", he added, "but we're turning it around". Many are so laboured that they make you want to wince, rather than laugh. A study a year ago by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law found only 30 incidences of non-citizen voting among 23.5 million votes casts in select jurisdictions with the highest populations of non-citizens. Trump lost the popular vote in 2016 by more than 2.8 million votes.
The tariffs are causing unease among Republican lawmakers facing tough re-election battles in November, and Trump's focus on them suggested he was concerned about their potential political impact.
DeSantis touted the president's agenda on Tuesday, hailing him for appointing "strong constitutionalists" to federal courts, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and "standing against socialist dictatorships in Latin America, like Cuba and Venezuela and Nicaragua".
DeSantis has been one of the president's biggest defenders in Washington throughout the Russian influence investigation and a regular guest on Fox News. "But I made some choices that I wouldn't have made". A few protesters briefly caught the President's attention after the shouted at him but they were immediately whisked away.
While Governor Rick Scott was scheduled to appear with the president this afternoon, he has drastically curtailed both his appearances and praise for Donald Trump since the U.S. Senate race began heating up.
Since Trump announced his "full endorsement" of DeSantis in June, the momentum in the race appears to have shifted.
"There's no doubt in my mind that an bad lot of people at the Trump rally last night were Trump-Putnam voters", he said.
She said the situation in Florida differs from the recent governor's race in Georgia where Trump's last-minute endorsement is believed to have pushed Brian Kemp over the finish line for the Republican nomination.