Ron DeSantis is talking like a candidate in general election mode.
The Republican congressman who has held a commanding lead in most polls since President Donald Trump first endorsed him over agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary bristled at one outlier survey that suggested the race could be closer than many predict.
"I think it'll be fun to see which polls are worth anything or not," DeSantis said outside Versailles Cuban restaurant on Monday. "If you have some college kid do a poll that says all the sudden the race has changed dramatically, I wouldn't put much stock into it."
DeSantis was referring to a recent Florida Atlantic poll which showed a virtual tie between the pair, despite most other polls in the race showing DeSantis with a comfortable lead.
"If you look at the most recent St. Pete polls that are out I'm winning like 75 percent of the Hispanic vote and a large part of that is Miami-Dade County," DeSantis said. "The reason is because I've been a leader on key issues in the community. I'm leading in the House, I'm the number one advocate for getting an indictment for Raul Castro for the Brothers to the Rescue (shootdown) from 1996, he was never held accountable for that, he masterminded it."
DeSantis arrived about an hour late and addressed about 50 supporters wearing Make America Great Again hats for five minutes, hours after Trump tweeted his support. Rep. Matt Gaetz and DeSantis' wife Casey were also on hand.
"Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done an incredible job," Trump tweeted. "He is running in Tuesdays Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong on Crime, Borders and wants Low Taxes. He will be a great Governor and has my full and total Endorsement!"
DeSantis didn't stick around long, even eschewing the traditional cafecito that so many politicians guzzle down for the cameras.
"He didn't get the cafecito, that's the money shot," Versailles owner Felipe Valls said. "But he's been here before."