Florida CFO Patronis: DeSantis Wanted In ‘Broken’ Washington

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis walks onstage during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was projected as one of the early winners of the night in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • DeSantis, a Republican who became governor four years ago, demonstrated his viability as a potential presidential contender by beating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist Tuesday, 59.4 percent to 40 percent.
  • “The last week, I did seven different rallies with this governor, and I saw an enthusiasm for him that I’ve never seen before in my 17 years of public service in this state,” said Patronis, who also won his reelection bid for CFO.
  • “It was a game changer. I was expecting a red wave across the nation, but Florida was definitely a breakout amongst all the election cycles. So proud of this governor; he’s amazing, and what he’s been able to accomplish. His enthusiasm led all of our campaigns to victories yesterday.”

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