First Lady Casey DeSantis directed a message to supporters, thanking them for reelecting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). Political pundits are still discussing whether or not Republicans swarmed the political landscape with a “red wave.” However, Governor DeSantis won reelection with almost 20 points, ensuring Florida’s status as a red state for four more years.
“When Ron first came into office, there were nearly 300,000 more registered Democrat voters than Republicans in Florida,” First Lady DeSantis said, sharing that “now, four years later, registered Republicans in Florida outnumbered Democrats by more than 300,000.”
With Tuesday’s election, all members of the Governor’s Cabinet are now Republican. The Agriculture Commissioner post, previously occupied by Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), is now occupied by Commissioner-elect Wilton Simpson (R) after Fried sought the gubernatorial position.
Calling his supporters “the heartbeat of the fight to Keep Florida Free,” First Lady DeSantis said that the “fight to keep Florida the freest state in the nation” is far from over.
With DeSantis’ win, political commentators now argue that he has positioned himself as the front runner for the 2024 presidential election. The Florida Governor has struck down speculation that he’ll be launching a presidential bid, yet Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) often questioned if DeSantis would be serving two years as Governor before setting his sights on the White House. Crist, who formerly served as a Republican Governor of Florida, could not convince enough Floridians to vote out DeSantis.
Ana Navarro, one of the hosts of ABC’s “The View,” called Crist a “political corpse” after Crist’s second loss on the gubernatorial stage.
“Because of my husband’s leadership over the past four years, Florida is the best place to raise a family, run a business, and educate your children,” First Lady DeSantis said, adding that the DeSantis administration is “committed to keeping it that way.”