Heading into Tuesday night, there were ripples in the water as the air of a blue wave hovered over election night. However, when it concluded, the results were much different than many people expected.
Ron DeSantis defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and he will become Florida’s 46th Governor, replacing term-limited Governor Rick Scott.
Commenting on the win, Blaise Ingoglia, Republican Party of Florida Chairman, detailed that “It’s a huge night for Ron DeSantis and the people of Florida. The supposed blue wave hit a BIG RED WALL. Once again, Floridians cast their vote to keep Florida RED, choosing prosperity over empty promises, free markets over big government and a veteran over a career politician.”
Ingoglia also added that “This election was as much a mandate to continue the path our state is on, as it is a wholesale rejection of the policies that Andrew Gillum was espousing on the campaign trail. The RPOF congratulates Governor-elect Ron DeSantis on his well-deserved victory and we look forward to working with his Administration to continue creating jobs, strengthening our economy and securing a more prosperous future for all Floridians.”
While Gillum was leading in votes early on, the lead shifted in favor of Congressman DeSantis and remained as such. Then, the race was closely contested until Mayor Gillum formally conceded.
In his acceptance speech, Congressman DeSantis told the crowd of supporters in Orlando that “Every two years there’s one day in November where elites don’t call the shots, don’t craft the narrative or set the agenda. On Election Day, it’s the voice of the people that rules.”
DeSantis thanked President Trump for supporting him “when it wasn’t necessarily the smart thing to do.”
And, looking to continue the work that Governor Scott has done in office, DeSantis assured President Trump that “you are going to get tired of me calling you asking you for things for Florida.”