Ron DeSantis is up for re-election this fall.
But DeSantis’ goals for November extend beyond his own race.
And Ron DeSantis is using his massive campaign war chest in one way that will keep Democrats up late at night.
Florida has historically served as one of the biggest swing states in the country.
Republicans won Florida in the 2016 and 2020 Presidential elections, but Barack Obama carried the Sunshine State in 2008 and 2012.
However, after freedom-loving Americans fled lockdown states and moved to Florida during the pandemic, it’s slowly becoming less of a swing state and more of a Red state.
In 2020, Democrats had a 124,000-voter advantage on Election Day in Florida.
Fast forward to 2022, and Florida’s Division of Elections reported that Republicans now have a 112,000 voter advantage in the Sunshine State.
Aside from winning his own re-election, DeSantis’ top goals for the Midterms are to turn Florida into a solid red state and elect a GOP supermajority to the legislature.
“My goal would be, if we win the election really big, people like you who analyze these things are going to say: ‘The days of Florida being a swing state are over – Florida is a red state,’” DeSantis said in May. “And I think that’s because of a lot of what we’ve done,” he added.
DeSantis is currently setting fundraising records for his re-election this fall.
According to the website Open Secrets, as of August 19, DeSantis’ political operations have raised a record-breaking $172 million for his re-election efforts.
This is more than 11 times the $15.3 million Democrat Governor candidate Charlie Crist reported raising.
POLITICO also reported that DeSantis has more than $122.5 million left in the bank, compared to Charlie Crist’s $4.1 million cash-on-hand.
And DeSantis just showed how serious he is about turning Florida into a red state by shifting $2.5 million from his political committee to the Florida Republican Senatorial Committee to help GOP-down ballot candidates in November.
This is the single largest contribution recorded by the committee since its creation in 2014.
Republicans currently hold a 23-16 Senate majority in Florida.
DeSantis’ massive contribution to the Florida Republican Senatorial Committee will serve as a huge momentum boost for GOP candidates in November.
It will also help increase DeSantis’ influence over Republicans in the State Legislature, which will help him follow through on his promise to cut taxes for all Florida residents.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.