Florida Democrats are facing this nightmare scenario with Ron DeSantis back as Governor

Jan 26, 2024

Democrats celebrated when Ron DeSantis decided to suspend his Presidential campaign.

That celebration quickly turned into a state of panic.

And that is because Florida Democrats are facing this nightmare scenario with Ron DeSantis back as Governor.

Good news for Florida Democrats has been very rare in recent years.

The announcement by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that he was suspending his Presidential campaign and endorsing former President Donald Trump caused them to gloat.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried reacted to his decision by calling his Presidential campaign a “dead, rotten carcass on the side of the road.”

DeSantis used that same phrase to describe the Florida Democratic Party.

“Now that he’s finally done chasing a pipe dream, Florida Democrats are fully focused on ending the Republican supermajority in our legislature, fighting his racist, misogynist, homophobic, and transphobic policies at every turn, and keeping an increasingly dangerous Donald Trump away from office by re-electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November,” Fried said.

DeSantis’ Presidential ambitions are on hold for now and he is back on the job running Florida.

That spells doom for Florida Democrats according to the newly elected Republican Party of Florida chair Evan Power. 

“It appears that the @FlaDems have spent hours celebrating,” Power wrote. “I don’t think they realize that 3 more years of @RonDeSantis’s leadership here will just speed up their extinction. Be careful what you wish for.”

Leaving the Presidential race means that Florida Democrats will have to contend with three more years of DeSantis serving as their governor while he continues to pursue a bold conservative agenda.

Democrats in Florida have been decimated after DeSantis took office as governor in 2018.

Republicans hold every statewide election in Florida, have supermajorities in both houses of the Florida Legislature, and a 20-8 advantage in their Congressional delegation. 

Democrats had a nearly 300,000-person advantage in registered voters in the fall of 2018 when DeSantis first ran for governor.

Republicans continued to add registered voters during his time in office and in November 2021, surpassed Democrats in registered voters for the first time in the state’s history.

Florida Republicans now have a nearly 800,000 registered voter advantage over Democrats.

Florida was once the biggest swing state in the country, but that title has been eliminated under the leadership of DeSantis. 

Ron DeSantis will have a chance to put the nail in the coffin of Florida Democrats during the rest of his term in office as governor.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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