Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared that the Democratic Party in Florida is “like a dead carcass on the side of the road” after losing to the Republicans. Speaking at a GOP breakfast in Michigan, DeSantis stated that his party had beaten the left in Florida, turning the state from a swing state into a stronghold.
The remarks come as he is expected to join the expanding field of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2024.
DeSantis offered similar comments in a February interview with Newsweek, where he referred to the Democratic Party as a “nonfactor.” Last November, DeSantis won re-election after overwhelmingly defeating his Democratic challenger, former Governor Charlie Crist.
DeSantis’ victory was historic in many ways, as he received more than 1.5 million votes more than Crist, including winning heavily populated and diverse South Florida counties, something not seen since Governor Jeb Bush won in 2002.
Bold leadership is rewarded by voters, said DeSantis, adding that they are winning independents and even Democrats, and not just Republicans.
Throughout his tenure as governor, DeSantis has earned national recognition by reversing COVID-19 lockdowns, attacking “woke” critical race theory and gender-identity content in schools, and pushing back at corporations and journalists who have criticized his agenda.
His impressive 19-point re-election victory in the midterm election year in November 2022 propelled him to the forefront of 2024 White House speculation among political pundits, much to the chagrin of former President Donald Trump, the GOP primary front-runner.
The latest Mason-Dixon Florida poll found that 59% of registered voters approve of DeSantis’ performance as governor since his landslide re-election in November. While his job rating has increased by four points since just before the 2022 election, it still remains below his all-time high approval rating of 62% in March 2019.
DeSantis has been in the news for his anti-lockdown stance and his efforts to keep Florida’s economy open during the pandemic. He has also taken on the Biden administration, filing lawsuits against the vaccine mandate and the CDC over their handling of the cruise industry.
DeSantis has established himself as a leader of the conservative movement, but he has also faced criticism from the left for his policies on voting rights, gun control, and the environment. As he continues to gain national attention, the Florida governor has become a formidable contender for the 2024 presidential election.
In conclusion, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has led his party to an impressive victory in Florida, making it a stronghold for the Republicans.
He has been recognized for his bold leadership and opposition to lockdowns, gender-identity content in schools, and corporations that criticize his agenda.
His success has led to speculation that he may run for president in 2024, and he has a growing following among conservatives. With his strong performance in the polls and his proven track record of success in Florida, DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party.