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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during an appearance Friday at the National Conference of State Legislatures summit in Tampa that his state now boasts more registered Republicans than Democrats.

“When I got elected governor, we had 280,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state of Florida. Today … for the first time in the history of Florida, we’ve now overtaken Democrats. There are more registered Republicans in Florida than Democrats. And it’s good for us,” he said.

“But I mean honestly, it looks like we would have probably won the New Jersey governor’s race, but all the Republicans moved to Florida from New Jersey because they get so frustrated,” he added in jest, eliciting laughter.

He added that these migrations to Florida from across the country are likely occurring because people are fed up with the draconian coronavirus restrictions and rampant lawlessness in Democrat-controlled states and cities.

“I think it’s [people] fleeing the restrictions. I think it’s [people] fleeing the lawlessness, and the crime and many other things. … We’re not like begging people to move, but I do think that you’re seeing people move to states that value freedom and that’s just the reality,” he said.

There’s a reason why, according to data published by the Pew Charitable Trusts in January, Democrat strongholds like New York and California have in recent years experienced “some of the biggest drops” in population.

The governor’s remarks Friday came a day after the publication of a shocking report revealing that the powerful Democrat Governors Association is essentially abandoning hopes of reacquiring Florida.

“The Democratic Governors Association has no plans to give significant financial help to Florida Democrats as they seek to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022, a major setback that will make it harder for challengers to take on the popular Republican,” Politico reported.

“The DGA, which spent more than $15 million in Florida over the past two gubernatorial election cycles, is starting to deprioritize the state and is expected to have a much smaller footprint during the midterms, said two Florida Democratic consultants who have been in contact with the DGA,” it added.

Why? Because of “the growing sense that Democrats can’t win statewide elections in Florida.” At least not so long as someone as charismatic and Trumpian — but without the conspicuous flaunts — as DeSantis remains in power.

The pessimism runs so deep in the DGA that its members feel it’d essentially be a waste of time, money, and resources to invest in Florida when they can pursue and maintain power in more vulnerable states like North Carolina.

Though, according to Jonathan Ducote, a veteran Democrat consultant, the DGA intends to play “mostly defense.”

“I do think, and I can’t stress this enough, the DGA is playing mostly defense this year, and that’s a monumental change. When I think about Florida statewide elections, the number one thing you have to ask yourself is do you have the money to communicate in a really expensive state?” he said.

It’s not clear if the “mostly defense” remark pertained to just its efforts in Florida or its efforts nationwide. The Democrat Party is expected to be trounced again in next year’s midterms just as it was in Tuesday’s elections.

Democrats know this. So do Republicans.

“The American people don’t welcome, never bought into this agenda of the government running everybody’s lives. I think there’s a pretty clear rejection of that,” Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart told the Tampa Bay Times following Tuesday’s election.

“And so it’s going to be interesting to see how the Democratic leadership responds. Do they double down on their big brother government approach, or do they kind of get the message from the American people?” he added.

Luckily for Republicans, it appears Democrats nationwide — including in Florida — intend to double and triple down on their failed strategies.

“If you looked at [Glenn] Youngkin and what he did, Republicans are about to go on an all-out culture war. Democrats better figure out extremely quickly what’s going to be their response to protecting the history of black folks,” Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones complained to the Times.

“They [Republicans] are running on critical race theory, they are using this culture war into scaring the white electorate into voting against Democrats, and if Democrats don’t figure out what the response is going to be, they’re going to lose a lot of black votes in the upcoming election and our allies,” he added.

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin won, in part, because of his willingness to stand up on behalf of the parents who’ve complained about their children being indoctrinated with racial essentialism.

But Democrats like Jones (in addition to their media allies) continue to defend and prop up racial essentialist indoctrination on the completely false basis that this indoctrination represents black history and facts. It does not.

Youngkin won by fighting back against these lies. DeSantis intends to do the same.

“We’ve now seen after Virginia that people are willing to fight back. And you know I’m willing to fight back. And we are fighting!” the governor reportedly said at a West Palm Beach event Wednesday.

Vivek Saxena

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