DeSantis, Florida Republicans Poised To Ride Red Wave

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DeSantis, Florida Republicans Poised To Ride Red Wave

Laurel Duggan on October 5, 2022

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican candidates in the state are expected to win their upcoming races by wide margins in a November blowout, according to a new poll.

DeSantis has an 11-point lead over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, and all three Republican Cabinet candidates lead their Democratic rivals by double-digit margins, according to a Wednesday Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy poll published by Politico. The expected Republican sweep reflects rapidly changing politics in the state, which has move from purple to solidly red in recent years.

Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody is projected to beat Democratic challenger Aramis Ayala by 13 points, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is leading former Democratic state Rep. Adam Hattersley by 10 points and Senate President Wilton Simpson is expected to beat Naomi Esther Blemur in the agriculture commissioner race by 13 points, according to the poll.

Florida, which has long been considered a swing state, became increasingly conservative under DeSantis’ leadership: Republicans surpassed Democrats in voter registration for the first time in history there in 2021 and went on to exceedDemocrats by 100,000 registered voters. DeSantis attributed the state’s red wave to residents fleeing COVID-19 restrictions and high crime; people have always moved to Florida for its low taxes, but the new influx of residents from other states were driven by left-wing policies impacting quality of life, he argued.

The poll surveyed 800 registered and likely Florida voters between Sept. 26 and 28 — just as Hurricane Ian approached the state — with a 3.5-point margin of error, according to Florida Politics.

The DeSantis campaign did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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