Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) won re-election for a second term on Tuesday by a massive margin over his Democratic opponent and, for all intents and purposes, ended the Sunshine State’s status as an electoral battleground swing state by transforming it into a solidly red Republican state.
The governor made it abundantly clear in his victory speech that he would not be content to simply rest on his laurels, however, as he declared that “we’ve got so much more to do and I have only begun to fight,” the Conservative Brief reported.
Florida is a “refuge of sanity” and a “citadel of freedom”
“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. We saw freedom in our very way of life and so many other jurisdictions in this country wither on the vine,” Gov. DeSantis said to begin his victory speech. “Florida held the line. We chose facts over fear. We chose education over indoctrination. We chose 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,” he continued. “We faced attacks, we took the hits, we weathered the storms, but we stood our ground. We did not back down. We had the conviction to guide us and we had the courage to lead. We made promises. We made promises to the people of Florida, and we have delivered on those promises.”
“And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict. Freedom is here to stay,” he added to uproarious applause. “Thank you very much. Thank you. Now, thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida, we not only won an election, we have rewritten the political map.”
“Florida is where woke goes to die”
Gov. DeSantis went on to graciously thank not only the voters of Florida but also his campaign staff, members of his administration, but most especially his wife, Florida first lady Casey DeSantis.
“Now, today is the culmination of the 2022 fall elections. But in reality, Americans have been voting for many years now,” DeSantis said. “They’ve been voting with their feet, and the results of that behavior has been just as stark as our landslide victory today.”
“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,” he continued.
“Now, this great exodus of Americans, for those folks, Florida, for so many of them, has served as the promised land,” the governor declared. “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.”
“I have only begun to fight”
“Now, while our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track. I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles. Florida has proved that it can be done. We offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead,” DeSantis said.
“I am proud of our achievements in this state. I am honored by your support and I look forward to the road ahead. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race in this first term, and I have kept the faith,” he concluded. “We’ve accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago. But we’ve got so much more to do and I have only begun to fight.”