November 26, 2022

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DeSantis’ landslide victory in the presidential election against Donald Trump

Although neither has yet announced a 2024 candidacy, the race for the Republican nomination may have unofficially begun this November 8th.

“For me, the fight has just begun,” Ron DeSantis, 44, said in his victory speech.

According to US media projections, the man who launched an incendiary campaign against the Biden administration and turned Florida into a laboratory for his ideas won 57 to 59% of the vote against Democrat Charlie Crist.

“I think the survival of America requires a resurrection of true American ideals. Florida is proving that it can be done,” he cheered.

Not to mention once endorsing Donald Trump, giving him a big boost in the 2018 race for governor.

The latter seems aware and openly irritated by the threat posed to him by the rise of a hard-right stalwart who is popular among many Republicans who have grown weary of an unpredictable and volatile Trump.

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Later in the evening, the former president gave a brief speech in which he hailed some Republican victories but was careful not to mention what was already considered his strongest rival.

On Monday, Mr. Trump has called it a “mistake” if Ron DeSantis chooses to enter the race for the nomination.

“I don’t think the base will like it. I don’t think it’s good for the party,” he said.

As Donald Trump has become accustomed to with his opponents, he recently used a derogatory nickname for the governor: “Ron Desanctimonius”, which means “Ron-la-Morelle”.

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Mr. A clear victory for DeSantis cements a clear anchor on the right in Florida, long considered a “swing state” — states that oscillate between Democrats and Republicans and could tilt the election.

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The governor wasn’t wrong: “We not only won the election, we redrew the political map,” he said Tuesday evening, hailing the “historic” victory.

Because, he said, “It is clear that we will have collected a significant number of votes for this election from people who did not vote for me four years ago.”

Ron DeSantis won Miami-Dade, a Hispanic-majority district where no Republican candidate had won governor in twenty years, in an unthinkable move a few years ago.

And that’s a concern for Democrats, because while Hispanics have traditionally voted on the left, more of them are now being drawn to the other camp.

Many people of Cuban and Venezuelan descent are sensitive to Republicans’ anti-socialist rhetoric.

Mr. DeSantis’ handling of the Covid pandemic may also have contributed to his success. The governor, who has strongly opposed vaccine and mask requirements, allowed businesses and schools in Florida to reopen long before the rest of the country.

He recently caused controversy — and amused many Republicans — by saying he sent planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an upscale island in the northeastern United States, making a highly political gesture aimed at the right.

He was one of the most vocal voices in the “culture wars” that would eventually divide the country. In particular, he is committed to education issues, signing a law this year banning the teaching of subjects related to sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary school.

In recent days, a video tweeted by his wife Casey DeSantis caused a lot of buzz. In the short black and white clip, he is shown invested with a divine mission.