‘Florida Is Where Woke Goes To Die’: Watch Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Declare Victory In Epic Celebration Speech
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One political drama that has been quite stirring within the conservative movement and indeed in the Republican party has been the saga of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said that voters had “rewritten the political map” in Florida when they gave him a landslide win that saw DeSantis win the formerly solid-blue Miami-Dade County. Ron is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the county since 2002.
He said in his victory speech: “You know over these past four years we’ve seen major challenges for the people of our state for the citizens of the United States and above all for the cause of freedom. We saw freedom in our very way of life and so many other jurisdictions in this country wither on the vine. Florida held the line.
It is now being reported by Axios that:
DeSantis easily won re-election last night over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, the Associated Press reported, as Republicans made big gains across the state.
The big picture: Tuesday’s election serves as further proof that solidly red Florida is past its days as a swing state.
- Last year, registered Republican voters in Florida surpassed Democrats for the first time in history and have been extending that lead since, the Miami Herald reports.
Zoom in: DeSantis won the formerly solid-blue Miami-Dade County, becoming the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the county since 2002.
- Miami-Dade was viewed as a bellwether that could signal a GOP landslide nationwide and provide rocket fuel for a potential DeSantis presidential campaign in 2024, Axios’ Josh Kraushaar reports.
What else: Republicans swept the Florida Cabinet races, as Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis both fended off Democratic challengers on Tuesday.
- Republican Wilton Simpson won the race for agriculture commissioner after Democrat Nikki Fried vacated the seat to run for governor.
Statewide, Republicans won enough seats to give them a two-thirds supermajority in the State House and Florida Senate, according to the Miami Herald.
- All nine Republican candidates running in Miami-area state legislative races won on Tuesday.
What they’re saying: At a victory party Tuesday evening, DeSantis called his victory a “win for the ages” and thanked the Democratic bastions of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties for supporting him over Crist.
- “We have rewritten the political map,” he said.
Axios went on to report that:
In front of a small crowd at Crist’s St. Petersburg election night party, the former governor and congressman congratulated DeSantis.
- “I’m at peace,” he told the crowd.
Florida International University political science professor Eduardo Gamarra told Axios that DeSantis will view his win as a mandate from voters to keep pushing Florida farther to the right — especially with Republicans winning crucial races in the Florida Cabinet and state Legislature.
- Gamarra said DeSantis may use his new term in office as a campaign opportunity, proposing legislation that fires up the Republican base in Florida and nationwide.
- “He has everything to push ahead with his extreme agenda in Florida, I don’t think he’s going to relent at all,” Gamarra said.
What’s ahead: “I have only begun to fight,” DeSantis said.
NPR went on to report that:
DeSantis has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration on immigration, accusing it of not doing enough to stem the flow of migrants over the southern border. In September, his administration organized flights that delivered nearly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Democrats and immigrant rights groups decried the flights as political stunts that used people as pawns. But the move won acclaim among conservative Republicans.
NPR further reported that:
In the weeks leading up to the race, DeSantis dropped the political attacks as Hurricane Ian devastated Southwest Florida. That put him at the top of the news throughout the state for weeks as he directed the response and aid for struggling communities.
DeSantis’ win is another sign that Florida, long considered a swing state, now is firmly under Republican control. It’s been 28 years since a Democrat has been elected governor in Florida.
On another matter, the rift between DeSantis and former President Donald Trump seems to expand with fervor. In fact, The Raging Patriot recently reported that many have speculated that DeSantis is the only Republican who could pose a serious challenge to Trump in 2024.
This tension seems to have just reached a fevered pitch. Now, Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba issued a warning to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ahead of Trump’s comeback announcement on November 15 at Mar a Lago.