Republican Ron DeSantis tore down Democrat Charlie Crist, who challenged his re-election bid in Florida’s gubernatorial race.
DeSantis won Crist by an astounding margin of almost 20%. It was the biggest victory in a Florida gubernatorial race since 2002. The Republican governor also prevailed in the Democratic stronghold of Miami-Dade County.
“Once DeSantis is re-elected, nothing can stop him from adopting even more extreme policies than in the past,” said Sean Shaw, a former Democratic Florida House member from Tampa.
“Floridians can count on more radical proposals that restrict access to voting, ban abortion and keep costs high by helping big insurance companies while letting Floridians foot the bill.”
Now presumptions lead to DeSantis’ national ambitions to meet head-on with former President Donald Trump, who is expected to announce a run for the White House in 2024 in mid-November or sooner.
DeSantis and Trump engaged in a kind of political cold war. The governor rallied separately statewide and Trump declined to invite DeSantis to a rally for Rubio held in Miami over the weekend.
Trump even resorted to name-calling, giving the governor a new nickname, “DeSanctimonious.”
“If I faced him, I would beat him like I would beat everyone,” Trump said. “I think most people would give up; I think he would give up.
On the other hand, DeSantis hasn’t shown the same deference to Trump that GOP candidates typically show the former president. DeSantis did not seek Trump’s support in his 2022 re-election campaign.
However, DeSantis has yet to publicly announce his 2024 candidacy, while Donald Trump keeps talking about it.
DeSantis might choose to play it safe and wait to see how well Trump’s campaign progresses.
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