Florida’s gubernatorial elections are typically notoriously close. In 2018, Republican Ron DeSantis won by the slimmest of margins, 49.6% to 49.2%. Before him, conservative Rick Scott won his 2010 and 2014 races by similarly small margins of 48.9% to 47.7% and 48.1% to 47.1%, respectively. However, in 2022, DeSantis absolutely wiped the floor with former Governor Charlie Crist (D), beating him 59.4% to 40% — and the governor is just starting his fight.
On Tuesday, November 8, DeSantis gave a victory speech in Tampa at his campaign headquarters. He told the crowd, “Florida is where woke goes to die,” after denouncing the Left’s “woke ideology.” The Republican governor talked about his accomplishments over the last four years, saying he made promises to the people of the Sunshine State and has “delivered on those promises.”
DeSantis thanked voters for “honoring” his administration “with a win for the ages.” He told the crowd they’d “rewritten the political map.” The governor was the first Republican to win Miami-Dade County in two decades.
The GOP powerhouse finished his victory speech by telling his supporters that he has “only begun to fight.” Many are now looking at DeSantis as a possible 2024 presidential candidate. However, he hasn’t given any indication that he intends to run for the position.