DORAL, FL – Ron DeSantis was reelected as Florida governor on Nov. 8, defeating the democratic candidate Charlie Crist.
“Thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida, we not only won election, we have re-written the political map,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at his election night victory celebration. “Thank you for honoring us with a win for the ages.”
DeSantis won over Crist by close to 20 points, according to the latest results, topping then-Republican Gov. Jeb Bush’s 13-point re-election victory in 2002.
With 4.607.597 votes that gave him a victory of 59.4% percent, against the 40% in favor of his opponent, he was elected to lead the state for a second term and with this he also obtained a national platform as he eyes a potential run for the 2024 Republican Presidential Nomination.
But Ron DeSantis was not the only republican that was elected last night as Marco Rubio won a seat at the Senate with 57.7% over the democratic candidate Van Demings that obtained 41.3% of the votes.
DeSantis’ victory in even traditionally democratic places such as Miami-Dade County sows a rightward shift for what was formerly the nation’s largest swing state. He framed his candidacy as a “battle” against the “woke agenda” of liberals.
“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 said during his victory speech, adding, “I have only begun to fight.”