DeSantis Officially Files Paperwork For Reelection Bid in 2022

DeSantis Officially Files Paperwork For Reelection Bid in 2022

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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November 8, 2021

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially filed paperwork to run for reelection in 2022, marking his official start to his gubernatorial bid, his campaign announced Monday.

According to records filed with Florida’s Department of State (DOS), DeSantis submitted his "state of candidate" form and other documents last Friday, marking the formal start to his already expected candidacy. The Florida incumbent was elected in 2018, and his current term is expected to expire in January 2023.

DeSantis in a news conference on Monday in Zephyrhills called the paperwork filing "a formality," which by Florida election law now allows the Republican governor to legally start running ads and conducting campaign rallies as a candidate on the 2022 ballot as soon as next week when state lawmakers convene for a special session.

Even though he just recently filed for his reelection, DeSantis' fundraising arm has continued raising large five-to-six figure hauls from donors across the country while the Florida governor conducted a nationwide fundraising tour to raise unlimited funds through his political committee — Friends of Ron DeSantis.

Top donors who have given to DeSantis recently include Citadel hedge fund founder Kenneth Griffin, giving the Florida governor more than $5 million, WeatherTech founder David MacNeil donated $500,000, while Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus gave $250,000, and former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave $250,000.

Three prominent Democrats out of the 16 runnings are vying to take out DeSantis in the upcoming gubernatorial election —  including Rep Charlie Crist (D-FL), Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo (D), and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried (D).

However, Democrats looking to replace DeSantis are considered to be a long-shot given the state's recent voter registration that shows new residents of the Sunshine State are overwhelmingly registering Republicans.

A Saint Leo University polling institute survey released last week shows DeSantis having a high approval rate of his performance as governor, showing 56.4 percent combined of 500 Floridians surveyed either strongly or somewhat approving, with 36 percent of those "strongly approve." Meanwhile, DeSantis garnished high numbers of 53.4 percent approval regarding his handling of COVID as governor, despite the liberal media negative coverage of the Florida republicans over his lax COVID restrictions.

Moreover, the poll showed DeSantis having a double-digit lead against his Democratic opponent in a potential one-on-one general election matchup. In a one-on-one matchup against Crist, DeSantis led by 12 percentage points. Against Fried, DeSantis leads by 13 points and with Taddeo, the Florida governor has a 19 point lead.

In an interview with Fox News earlier Monday, DeSantis touted his first term leading the Sunshine State where he "delivered on all fronts" and that he has "only just begun to fight."

"Florida’s economy is strong, we’ve boosted teacher pay, made historic investments in Everglades restoration and water quality, signed strong election integrity legislation, provided unparalleled support for law enforcement, and appointed strong constitutionalists to our state courts," DeSantis told Fox News.

"I also protected individual Floridians and small businesses by keeping Florida open and stood up for students and parents by ensuring schools provided in-person instruction and by championing the rights of parents," DeSantis continued. "We’ve also taken on Big Tech censorship, banned sanctuary cities, ensured that municipalities cannot defund law enforcement, and stood up to the Biden regime."

"And I’ve only just begun to fight," DeSantis added.

DeSantis re-election slogan: "Keep Florida Free."

Mona Salama

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