TAMPA (FOX 13) - One day after Donald Trump handily won Florida's Republican primary -- forcing Sen. Marco Rubio from the race in the process -- Gov. Rick Scott has formally endorsed Trump.
"I’m asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November," Scott wrote on Facebook this morning. "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 had earlier pledged to wait until after the primary to endorse any candidate, though state Attorney General Pam Bondi -- a member of Scott's cabinet -- endorsed Trump at his rally in Tampa earlier this week.
Scott has recently drawn parallels between his political career and Trump's. Scott was considered an outsider when he was elected back in 2011, and he alluded to that fact in today's endorsement.
"When I first ran for governor, the political class and party leaders opposed me with great vigor, and some even said if I won the primary they would never vote for me. But the voters had other ideas, and they are the only ones who count," he wrote.
Trump's win yesterday gave him all of Florida's 99 delegates. He also picked up wins in North Carolina, Illinois, and Missouri. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio, preventing a Trump sweep of last night's primaries.