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The Democratic Governor’s Association announced last week that the organization will not spend resources in Florida next year trying to defeat GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis because he is being regarded as “unbeatable.”
“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 Thursday.
“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,” the outlet continued.
The decision has been made in part because the organization wants to marshal its resources to defend other Democratic incumbents along with a growing realization that Democrats have not been able to win statewide elections in Florida in recent years, the lone exception being Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for her party’s gubernatorial nomination against DeSantis next year.
Democrats had hoped that DeSantis would become vulnerable next year, as he is seen as ascendant in a Republican Party more tailored in the mold of former President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies and who likely has presidential aspirations himself. The decision to withhold resources from the Sunshine State also appears to indicate that Florida is not going to be the largest swing state in the coming years.
“The perception that DeSantis is unbeatable has left national Democratic groups like the DGA to weigh whether they should spend resources in Florida, a hugely expensive state with 10 media markets, or use that cash to help incumbents in cheaper states,” Politico reported.
The DGA’s decision also comes as DeSantis himself announced last week that for the first time, Florida has more registered Republican voters than registered Democrats.
They’re done… FL is sealed. @GovRonDeSantis is King 👑
— JJ (@JayJasti) November 7, 2021
“I think people are rebelling against what the Democratic Party stands for nowadays, the never-ending mandates and restrictions because a COVID, using our school system for leftist indoctrination, rather than high-quality education, and then the Biden regime failures from Afghanistan to the southern border, gas prices, inflation, supply chain,” DeSantis told Fox News last week.
“And I do think … this wave is building, I think it was strong last night, but I think it’s going to keep building all the way into 2022,” he added.
“And if you go back to the 2010 wave that Republicans had, I think there’s more dissatisfaction with what’s going on in D.C. today than there was at this time in that election cycle. And that is good news for Republicans. And that is bad news for Joe Biden and his regime,” the governor continued.
The more Florida acts like it’s own country, the better future elections look. FL and TX got it right!
— Josh Baker (@JoshMortgagesFL) November 7, 2021
Some Democratic allies believe the DGA is making a mistake by not putting resources into Florida.
“National donors and organizations are worried about protecting the Midwest. Fair enough,” Ray Paultre, executive director of the Florida Alliance, a loosely aligned coalition of progressive donor organizations, told Politico. “What they are not realizing is that if Florida is not competitive, where do you think a good chunk of that Republican spending is going? Straight to the Midwest and Georgia.”
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