BARTOW, Fla. – Following major media outlets calling the race, Adam Putnam, Florida’s incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture, claimed victory in his re-election contest shortly after 8 p.m. in front several hundred family, friends and supporters in his home town of Bartow, Florida. Putnam defeated Democratic candidate Thaddeus Hamilton.
“First, I want to thank my wife Melissa and our beautiful children for supporting and encouraging me throughout this this process.
"I also want to thank Florida’s voters for believing in my priorities and supporting my accomplishments as Commissioner of Agriculture. We’ve grown Florida’s agriculture industry, safeguarded our residents, fostered academic success for our next generation and honored American veterans.
"In four years, conservative leadership in Tallahassee cut unemployment in half, paid off $4 billion in debt and put another $3 billion in the bank. We’ve fostered a culture of problem solving that has long been forgotten in places like Washington D.C., New York, Illinois and California.
"Florida can be the model for fighting the big problems that need solving for our children, grandchildren and all the generations who deserve a better version of the Florida we already love,” Putnam said.