(Liberty Bell) – Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is probably throwing a tantrum right about now as his opponent, conservative superstar and current incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has pulled ahead of him by double digits. No doubt this is a big knock to the inflated ego of Crist and his supporters, who were thoroughly convinced they’d be able to take down the political juggernaut that is DeSantis.
What it seems Crist doesn’t understand is that the vast majority of Florida voters are satisfied with the leadership that DeSantis has provided, which was put on display during the start of the pandemic and carried all the way through it until the present day. Not only that, but his standing on conservative principles and refusing to compromise those values despite receiving pushback from some of the progressive movements heavy hitters, like PayPal and Disney.
The Daily Caller reports: “DeSantis led Crist by 14%, earning the support of 55% of respondents over Crist’s 41%, according to the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, which conducted the survey. The poll, if correct, would mean a landslide win for DeSantis and a marked increase from his 2018 margin of victory over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, which was 0.4%.”
“The survey was conducted between Oct. 17 and 24, the latter date being the day of the only debate between the candidates. During the debate, DeSantis called Crist a ‘worn-out old donkey’ whom he was ‘looking to put out to pasture,'” the Daily Caller said.
Charlie Crist accused Ron Desantis of shutting down Florida during covid during tonight’s debate. All this tells me is Democrats are aware how disastrous lockdowns are now polling and their only strategy is to lie about ever supporting them. pic.twitter.com/4HnuZuvPFn
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 25, 2022
Responding to the moment, Crist went on to say that DeSantis “loved to bully people and the name-calling,” citing his criticism of kids standing behind him during a press conference back in March. “You do not have to wear those masks,” he stated, going on to add that “it’s not doing anything, and we’ve got to stop with this COVID theater. So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.”
“Most polling has shown DeSantis far ahead of Crist, with an average lead of 11% according to RealClear Politics, the largest of any incumbent governor up for reelection in the country. FiveThirtyEight gives DeSantis a 97% chance of winning the race,” Arjun Singh wrote.
“DeSantis has become a popular politician among conservatives across the country for his policies to advance parental rights in education, ban textbooks with contested sexuality concepts, and target Disney for its opposition to his policies at the instigation of left-leaning employees. He first garnered their acclaim for his COVID-19 policies, refusing to initiate new lockdowns after June of 2020,” Singh continued.
DeSantis focused much of his campaign on his record with the economy, going on to tout the state’s employment growth rate and his use of tax holidays amidst the country’s high rate of inflation.
Crist on the other hand has focused on social issues, namely that of abortion rights, stating he would take executive action if he became governor in order to make sure that abortion is possible in the state of Florida. This, of course, is a response to the Supreme Court decision over the summer to overturn Roe v. Wade.
I think it’s a safe bet to say that one day down the line, we’ll probably see a DeSantis run for president and will likely, if he continues to stay the course he is on, see him in the White House. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but with leadership skills like his, it’s only a matter of time.
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