The day after Donald Trump won the Republican primary in Florida, the state’s GOP governor called on the party to “accept and respect the will of the voters” and coalesce behind the real estate mogul.
“This has been a hard fought primary, with an outstanding roster of excellent candidates, including two of Florida’s favorite sons, and several Republican governors who are close friends of mine. But the voters are speaking clearly – they want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington,” Gov. Rick Scott wrote on his verified Facebook page Wednesday.
Until now, Scott had remained neutral in the GOP race which featured two Florida candidates – Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Rubio ended his run after a distant second place finish in the Sunshine State on Tuesday, and Bush suspended his campaign after the South Carolina primary last month.
Scott called on Republicans to “begin preparing to win the general election in November,” without mentioning remaining candidates Ted Cruz or John Kasich.
“If we spend another four months tearing each other apart, we will damage our ability to win in November. It’s time for an end to the Republican on Republican violence,” he wrote. “It’s time for us to begin coming together, we’ve had a vigorous primary, now let’s get serious about winning in November.”
This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.