Ron DeSantis was expected to win reelection Tuesday night as the Governor of Florida, but not by this much. DeSantis secured a massive blowout victory over his Democrat challenger Charlie Crist – and subsequently declared that Florida is rejecting wokeness.
DeSantis defeated Christ by nearly 20 points, an unheard of margin in today’s much tighter elections. For reference in 2018 he only narrowly defeated his Democrat challenger Andrew Gillum, winning by less than 1 point.
The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro noted of DeSantis’ big win, “Ron DeSantis won his 2018 gubernatorial race by 30,000 votes. The state of Florida is now entirely red. For Republicans who are thinking about the future, you might want to consider that in determining who you choose to run for president in 2024.”
In his victory speech Tuesday night DeSantis declared, “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!”
DeSantis continued to roaring applause, “Now while our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track. I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles.”
“Florida has proved that it can be done, we offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead,” DeSantis continued. “I am proud of our achievements in this state. I am honored by your support and I look forward to the road ahead.”
Watch his entire speech:
Not only did DeSantis have a big victory, Republicans in general swept the state. The Republican Party now has both Senate seats, and occupies 20 of state’s the 28 House seats. The GOP now also has supermajorities in the state House and state Senate. All of which has not been seen since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.
DeSantis’ midterm performance has now certainly entered his name into the hat as one of the top presidential contenders to go against Joe Biden in 2024.
While DeSantis has kept any plans for a future presidential bid under wraps, his supporters were rather vocal following his victory about wanting him to vie for the oval office. The crowd at his victory party could be heard chanting “two more years,” a reference to the possibility he would cut his term as governor short to make a bid for the White House.
However, DeSantis’ rise could create a conflict with former President Donald Trump who has teased a “major announcement” coming next Tuesday, the 15th, which many suspect could be his 2024 announcement.
A Trump versus DeSantis showdown in the primary would wreak havoc on the Republican party who need as much unity as they can get to take down the Democrats who have shown a willingness to cheat in any way possible to ensure they retain power.