Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was Tuesday night’s big winner. DeSantis trounced Democrat Charlie Crist as he easily won re-election.
“Over these past four years we’ve seen major challenges for the people of our state, for the citizens of the United States and above all for the cause of freedom,” DeSantis said. “We saw freedom nad our very way of life in so many other jurisdictions wither on the vine — Florida held the line.
“We choose facts over fear. We choose education over indoctrination. We choose law and order over rioting and disorder. Florida was a refuge of sanity when the world went mad. We stood as a citadel of freedom for people across this country and indeed across the world.”
DeSantis scored a nearly 20-point win.
“We made promises to the people of Florida and we have delivered on those promises,” DeSantis said. “And so today, after four years the people have delivered their verdict — freedom is here to stay.”
The victory, he said, has “re-written the political map.”
“Thank you for honoring us with a win for the ages,” he said.
While yesterday was election day, DeSantis said Americans have been voting with their feet for years.
“The results of that behavior has been just as stark as our landslide victory today,” he said. “States and cities governed by Leftist politicians have seen crime skyrocket. They’ve seen their taxpayers abused. They’ve seen medical authoritarianism imposed and they’ve seen American principles discarded. The woke agenda has caused millions of Americans to leave these jurisdictions for greener pastures.
“Now this great exodus of Americans for those folks, Florida for so many of them has served as the promised land. We, we have embraced freedom. We have maintained law and order. We have protected the rights of parents. We have respected our taxpayers. And we reject woke ideology.
“We fight the woke in the legislature. We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die.”