Florida Gov. Rick Scott Endorses Trump Day After Rubio Leaves Race

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March 16, 2016 11:53 a.m.

The morning after a big primary night for Donald Trump knocked Sen. Marco Rubio out of the presidential race, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on Republicans to unite behind Trump.

In a note posted on Facebook, Scott said the voters have spoken and “they want a businessman outsider.”

“With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump,” Scott wrote.

He also called for “an end to the Republican on Republican violence” in the endorsement.

“If we spend another four months tearing each other apart, we will damage our ability to win in November,” he said. “It’s time for us to begin coming together, we’ve had a vigorous primary, now let’s get serious about winning in November.”

Scott delayed an endorsement in the GOP race until former Gov. Jeb Bush and Rubio, whom Scott called “two of Florida’s favorite sons,” had dropped out of the race, but signaled his support for Trump in a January op-ed.

Rubio announced he was suspending his campaign Tuesday night after a devasting loss to Trump in his home state primary.

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