“Never seen a race that big in my history of working in Florida politics. That’s an absolute bloodbath”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had a huge win last night, maybe the biggest of all Republicans. He won by a bigger margin than in 2018 and in more places in Florida.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 9, 2022
His victory speech was also amazing.
NBC News has some details:
Gov. Ron DeSantis cruises to re-election, solidifying GOP hold on Florida politics
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis notched a quick election night win, NBC News projected Tuesday, a victory that could become a springboard for a White House run and put him on a collision course with former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis’ victory over former Rep. Charlie Crist — fueled by a massive cash advantage, political headwinds against Democrats like Crist and changing demographics in a reddening state — contrasted sharply with his election four years ago, when he won by less than half a percentage point.
Sen. Marco Rubio also cruised to victory Tuesday night, NBC News projected, securing his third term in a statewide Democratic collapse. He defeated Democratic Rep. Val Demings.
At DeSantis’ victory speech, supporters chanted “two more years,” signaling their support for a presidential run in 2024. The governor, however, appeared to remain focused on his win and the successful effort to turn Florida a deeper red.
“The people have delivered their verdict: Freedom is here to stay,” he said. “Now, thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida we not only won this election; we have rewritten the political map.”
This was my favorite line:
Ron DeSantis just now – Florida is where 'woke' goes to die.
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) November 9, 2022
Charlie Crist now has the distinction of being the first to lose statewide elections as a Republican, a Democrat, and an Independent.
For DeSantis, the 2024 talk is already beginning. Axios reports:
Huge DeSantis win shows presidential punch
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ resounding victory over Democrat Charlie Crist — fueled by the strongest GOP showing in Miami-Dade County in two decades — has cemented his position as a 2024 presidential contender.
Why it matters: The big, broad win is a massive show of force against former President Trump, whose blessing propelled DeSantis to office. DeSantis is the first GOP governor to win Miami-Dade County, a Democratic stronghold, since Jeb Bush’s re-election in 2002. He did so by double digits.
– “Never seen a race that big in my history of working in Florida politics. That’s an absolute bloodbath,” a Florida-based Democratic consultant told Axios’ Alexi McCammond.
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