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Trump Holds Florida Rally

01 August 2018

Polls in the last week show DeSantis leading Putnam - as many voters have already received absentee ballots, early voting begins in mid-August, and the primary is just four weeks away.

In a new ad released Monday, Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis drives home his love for President Donald Trump - again and again, with humor.

"If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID", he said at the event at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

On the social media platform Twitter, the immediate reaction to Trump's comments ranged from bewilderment to ridicule - with many, including the CNN reporter who covered the rally, Jim Acosta, noting that photo ID is not required to purchase groceries in the United States.

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Trump praised DeSantis as "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicts: "He's going to be your next governor".

"There's no doubt that the Trump bump is real and DeSantis got a lift from it", said Steve Vancore, a Democratic political candidate.

DeSantis also made his pitch to the crowd and thanked Trump for his leadership.

He said he had liked to "be a little wild, have a little fun" during rallies, adding that it is "a lot easier to act presidential than do what I do".

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He said at a Tampa rally on Tuesday: "After a while, you forget who's the senator".

'Only American citizens should vote in American elections.

Polling suggests that DeSantis has overcome Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's once-commanding lead, due nearly exclusively to the president's endorsement.

DeSantis has campaigned with Fox's Sean Hannity and Donald Trump Jr. and uses humor in a new ad to show his alliance with the president, teaching one of his two children to "build the wall" with blocks.

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They also come as his administration considers more than doubling its planned tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports, ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to return to the negotiating table.

Trump Holds Florida Rally