Mar 19, 2024 - Politics

Trump wins Florida primary, as Haley outpaces DeSantis

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump won Florida's Republican primary, the AP projected soon after polls closed statewide on Tuesday, though his margin trailed behind his 2020 win.

Why it matters: Trump's win in a state that's backed him before is not surprising. But over 146,000 Republicans β€” about 14% β€” weren't sold, siding with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Trump won the 2016 Republican primary in Florida with about 46% of the vote, defeating U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. He secured 94% of the vote in 2020.
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals

The big picture: Gov. Ron DeSantis came in third behind Haley, a humbling blow in the state he governs and built his failed presidential campaign around.

  • His roughly 4% support casts doubt on his vitality should he run again.

Reality check: DeSantis endorsed Trump when he exited the race; Haley didn't. His campaign believed that most of his supporters would pick Trump over Haley β€” whom he called "the old Republican guard of yesteryear."

Follow the money: DeSantis collected nearly $15 million from large donors in Florida for his campaign, twice the amount Trump received from Sunshine State donors giving $200 or more.

  • Haley, meanwhile, raised $4.9 million.
Florida presidential campaign contributions from large donors
Data: Federal Election Commission. Note: Individual contributions of less than $200 are not required to be reported to the FEC. Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
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