Ron DeSantis says he can repeat 19-Point Win Nationally
February 27, 2023: Newly reelected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose 19-point victory over Democrat Charlie Crist surprised him and most of the political establishment, said that a Republican should be able to repeat his win on the national stage if they follow his model of ignoring polls and governing with their gut.
In his campaign-style autobiography, The Courage to be Free, DeSantis wrote, “From day one, I was fully prepared to let the political chips fall where they may. That we not only succeeded electorally, but did so in dramatic fashion, demonstrates that doing good policy can lead to good politics.”
The Republican, who won with the biggest margin in Florida in a generation, added, “The Florida Blueprint is a simple formula: be willing to lead, have the courage of your convictions, deliver for your constituents, and reap the political rewards. This is a blueprint for America’s revival. We’ve shown it can be done.”
DeSantis has not said if he will run for president, but he is widely expected to get into the race by summer. A group, Ready for Ron, is pushing for his entry, and he is the only potential Republican challenging former President Donald Trump in the polls.
Trump, a former supporter, appears concerned about a DeSantis bid and has criticized him recently. DeSantis hasn’t taken the bait, except to note that unlike Trump, he won his reelection and won big.
In addressing his sizable victory over Crist, DeSantis sounded like he was bragging, except it’s all true.
Considering the state’s electoral history, DeSantis expected a close election and dismissed reports of a blowout. “Winning by 5% would represent a ‘landslide’ victory for a top-of-the-ticket candidate in Florida,” he wrote.
But he won by more than 19 points, the most ever for a Republican gubernatorial candidate, sweeping Democratic groups and regions in the state.
“Whereas we had won in 2018 by just over 30,000 votes, in 2022 we won by more than 1.5 million votes — the largest raw vote margin of victory in Florida gubernatorial history,” he wrote.
He attributed the win to a simple recipe of sticking to principles and ignoring polls.
“We were able to accomplish these great electoral triumphs by taking the political road less traveled. We spent four years ignoring polls, setting out my vision for the state, successfully implementing that vision, and producing tangible results,” he concluded in the book.
His model included challenging “woke” elected officials and corporations, giving parents a voice in public education and keeping government small and responsive.
DeSantis said that pushing back against the media also helped, especially when the press was ignoring the wishes of voters, such as during the COVID crisis. When other states shut down and closed schools, Florida stayed open, and DeSantis welcomed the media’s fire.
“We stood our ground. We did not back down. Clearly, our administration was substantively consequential,” he wrote.
“To be successful, a leader must be willing to take these hits. It is not always easy, especially when so many of the attacks are blatant lies, but this is simply the price one must pay for exercising leadership. It is a price worth paying,” he added.
Source: The Washington Examiner