SWEETWATER, Fla. — Two Republican leaders sought to assure voters Tuesday that the party is united behind Florida gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott after the wealthy political newcomer bested a veteran state official in a divisive primary race.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, head of the Republican Governors Association, joined Scott and about 200 mostly elderly supporters at a Miami-area community center. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was scheduled to appear with Scott later Tuesday in Jacksonville.
Scott’s campaign called the appearances a “unity tour,” a week after a terse exchange between Scott and the governors’ group over a primary ad attacking rival Bill McCollum.
Bush supported McCollum, Florida’s attorney general, in the primary.