Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis won in a landslide 19.4 percentage lead against Charlie Crist, securing the governor’s seat for another four years.
Ron DeSantis Wins Big
Gov. Ron DeSantis won reelection on Tuesday in a dominating performance that cemented his status as one of the GOP’s leading figures.
This win helped boost him as a potential presidential contender, and even shook up the perception that Florida is the nation’s largest swing state.
“We made promises to the people of Florida and we have delivered on those promises. And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict. Freedom is here to stay,” DeSantis said. “Now, thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida, we not only won election, we have rewritten the political map. Thank you for honoring us with a win for the ages.”
With the campaign for reelection behind him, a decision is looming about whether to ride his political success in Florida into a national campaign for the White House – one that could put him on a collision course with former President Donald Trump.
Midterm Election Results
DeSantis won by almost 20 percentage points which easily topped Jeb Bush’s 12.8 percentage point victory in 2002, the Florida GOP’s previous high water mark in a governor’s race over the last half century.
DeSantis on Tuesday singled out two counties that appeared to flip from blue to red, the heavily Latino Miami-Dade and the Democratic stronghold Palm Beach.
“I am honored to have earned your trust and your support,” he said.
Democrat Charlie Crist’s overwhelming defeat by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis might mark the end of his Floridian political career which spanned three decades. Crist had party shifts but had a hard stop on Tuesday by a powerful incumbent in a steadily red-growing state.
Crist’s loss had the most significant margin in Florida governor’s 40-year history, and he even lost his home county in Pinellas County.
Crist, 66, has run twice for U.S. Senate, three times for governor, and two times for Cabinet posts.
DeSantis and Wokeness in Florida
DeSantis vowed to Florida to continue to fight “woke agendas” in the now red state.
“Now this great exodus of Americans, for those folks, Florida for so many of them, has served as the promised land,” DeSantis said. “We have embraced freedom. We have maintained law and order. We have protected the rights of parents. We have respected our taxpayers and we reject woke ideology. We fight the woke in the legislature, we fight the woke in the schools, we fight the woke in the corporations, we will never ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die!”
“We’ve accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago, but we’ve got so much more to do and I have only begun to fight,” DeSantis said during his victory speech. “Thank you for a historic landslide victory.”
Ron DeSantis was first elected into the U.S. House in 2012, reelected twice, though he resigned his third term early after securing the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.
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