If one figure loomed large over Florida's attorney general race this year, it was President Donald Trump.
But outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi was a close second.
And as Republican Ashley Moody easily defeated Democrat Sean Shaw Tuesday night, continuing two decades of Republican dominance of the office, both Bondi and Trump again were on their minds.
"The last eight years Pam Bondi has made great strides," Moody said Tuesday night, with tears welling up before dozens of supporters in a Tampa ballroom. "I have been honored to have her support from day one of this campaign, and I will work hard to earn it."
In another hotel ballroom 10 minutes across town, Shaw was left wondering how he could get his supporters focused on Trump's re-election.
After they spent hours watching Democrats lose one statewide race after another on CNN, Shaw reminded them that Trump's re-election in 2020 is now the priority.
"We can be upset. We can be sad for a little while," Shaw said. "But tomorrow, the race for your country begins."
All of the Democrats running statewide Tuesday lost, but Shaw lost by a bigger margin — 6 points — than any of them.
Shaw, who would have been Florida's first black attorney general and the first Democrat to hold the office in two decades, told his supporters not to mourn.
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"It is not a funeral," he said. "Based on the results I'm seeing, we in Florida need to figure out how to talk to people."
Shaw had vowed to use the office to go after Trump's tax returns and investigate his business dealings in Florida, part of his pledge to give the office a more activist bent.
Moody, a former federal prosecutor and judge, survived the Republican primary despite being called a "liberal" who had hurt the president. (She was one of a group who sued Trump alleging fraud over condo purchase deposits they put down for the failed Trump Tower Tampa project, winning settlements in 2011.)
But she declared herself a Trump supporter, even calling the president "a good role model for setting ambitious goals and getting things done" during her lone televised debate with Shaw.
After hearing his concession speech, Shaw's supporters were left wondering if Democrats had the right message.
"It is how we talk to people, and giving them the right information," said Shaw supporter Brienna O'Neill, 30, of Tampa. "Telling them it's not us versus them, but we are one team, one country."
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