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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds a sizable lead on his Democrat challengers and is on course to be reelected in November when voters could reward him for his stalwart leadership during the COVID pandemic as well as his fierce defense of traditional values from toxic leftist politics in the state’s classrooms.
According to a just-released survey from Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, the Sunshine State Republican would easily win a second term in Tallahassee if the election were held today with DeSantis topping 50 percent over all three of his potential opponents.
The data shows that DeSantis has a lead of 51-43 percent over former governor and party switcher Charlie Crist who headed up Florida’s government from 2007 – 2011 as a Republican before he defected in 2012, a move that was welcomed by an overjoyed Barack Obama who was in the White House at the time.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 8, 2012
DeSantis also holds a lead over Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried by a 53-42 percent margin as none of the ambitious former weed lobbyist’s smears have worked, including her recent comparison of him to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, a new low, even for the dirty politics of the Democratic Party.
Hoo Boy… It's one thing to *read* that Nikki Fried compared Ron DeSantis to Hitler; completely another to blow by several offramps en route to that comparison. Will media cover? pic.twitter.com/bMYDowcZGD
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) January 15, 2022
The governor has referred to Fried as a “lockdown lobbyist” over her support for the oppressive COVID measures championed by the Biden administration, the media and Democrat leaders in the blue states, draconian restrictions that he rejected to instead focus on protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents while protecting the economy and the civil rights of citizens.
DeSantis also has a considerable lead on dark horse candidate Annette Taddeo, a Florida state senator from the Miami area whom he is beating 53 to 37 percent.
The South Florida Democrat who proudly displays her pronouns in her Twitter bio could be looking to tap into the resentment of “woke” voters over the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill that seeks to limit the exposure of impressionable young students to radical gender indoctrination in the state’s classrooms.
Senator Taddeo Announces Her Opposition To Don’t Say Gay Bill: “Instead of working on the high rate of suicide rates amongst LGBTQ youth, this bill will isolate and stigmatize children in the classroom and in their school lives.” pic.twitter.com/tx1ubtChsR
— Senator Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella) (@SenatorTaddeo) February 8, 2022
Taddeo may lack name recognition but she has considerably less political baggage than either Crist or Fried, both of whom would likely have little crossover appeal and would be easy targets when the inevitable onslaught of pre-election advertising begins.
Crist appears to have a leg up on both of his competitors for the nomination months ahead of Florida’s Democrat Party primary which will be held in August, largely due to his name recognition.
“Statewide, 44% of Democratic primary voters currently support Crist, while 27% back Fried, 3% are for Taddeo and a significant 26% remain undecided,” according to Mason-Dixon.
DeSantis has frequently clashed with the White House and called out President Joe Biden last summer when the administration sought to blame Florida for an increase in COVID cases.
(Video: Fox 13 Tampa Bay – YouTube)
No Republican governor has gotten under the skin of Democrats the way that DeSantis has and their ongoing attacks on him – all of which have failed – are a sign of how badly they fear him as a potential 2024 candidate if former President Donald J. Trump chooses not to run again.
DeSantis, who narrowly edged out disgraced Democrat Andrew Gillum in 2018 with a margin of just .4 percentage points, according to the Hill, looks to have an easier go this time around.
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