Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sworn in for second term
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, was sworn in to a second term Tuesday, saying freedom lives in Florida. The ceremony took place after Florida's three independently election Cabinet members were sworn in. DeSantis defeated Democrat Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor and Democratic congressman, by more than 29 percentage points in November.news.yahoo.com
Democrats beat Trump-backed GOP candidates in liberal states
Despite their liberal history, states like Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois have elected moderate Republican governors in the past. But the Republicans this year appeared to be too conservative in these states, handing Democrats easy victories in a year that could otherwise prove difficult for the party. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also won reelection, fending off a challenge from Democrat Val Demings and further illustrating the state's rightward shift. Republican control of the House would likely trigger a round of investigations into Biden and his family, while a GOP Senate takeover would hobble Biden's ability to make judicial appointments. Democrats, meanwhile, were nervous about their prospects in the governor’s race in Oregon, typically a liberal bastion.wftv.com
Gov. DeSantis wins Florida; polls close in 2 dozen states
In Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker were vying for a seat that could determine control of the Senate. Polls were still open in several states with high-profile races for Senate or governor, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan. Thirty-six states are electing governors, with many of those races also poised to come down to the slimmest of margins. Democrats easily won governors races against Trump-backed candidates in Maryland and Massachusetts as well as Illinois, where Gov. Some states with mail voting, such as Michigan, saw an increase in ballot returns compared with the 2018 midterm.wftv.com
DeSantis defeats Crist, wins 2nd term as Florida governor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won reelection to a second term Tuesday in a victory over Democrat Charlie Crist, bolstering his rise as a prominent GOP star with potential White House ambitions. The governor was able to raise substantially more money than Crist, a 66-year-old Democrat who had previously served as a Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. Crist aimed his candidacy at moderate voters in Florida, criticizing DeSantis as a bully, as he sought to reverse a losing streak for Democrats in the state. Crist resigned a congressional seat to run for governor this year.wftv.com
DeSantis projected winner against Crist in Florida governor race
Ron DeSantis is the projected winner in the governor’s race against Charlie Crist, according to early poll results. DeSantis won nearly 58% of the vote, according to early state results. Polls and early voting numbers were in DeSantis’ favor, and he seemed to have little doubt that he will be giving a victory speech tonight. Republicans are leading the early voting numbers by a hefty margin. Republicans are now banking on that advantage to definitively move Florida from tossup to GOP stronghold.wftv.com
Florida governor’s race: Early polls indicate GOP lead in matchup between DeSantis, Crist
ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the biggest races in Tuesday’s election is the Florida governor’s race. Ron DeSantis is hoping to secure reelection while also juggling the state’s storm preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole. Polls and early voting numbers are in DeSantis’ favor, and he seems to have little doubt that he will be giving a victory speech tonight. Republicans are leading the early voting numbers by a hefty margin. Republicans are now banking on that advantage to definitively move Florida from tossup to GOP stronghold.wftv.com
Biden tears into GOP, labels DeSantis ‘Trump incarnate'
By many accounts, Democratic control of Congress and several statehouses is in peril, and Biden is trying to stem that tide. After those remarks in Hallandale Beach, he headlined a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Golden Beach. The Florida governor is a major adversary of the Biden White House and a potential 2024 candidate for the presidency. “Every single solitary Republican in Congress voted against these savings, including Sen. Biden, who often ends his speech by asking, “God to protect our troops” offered a salty addendum with his remarks in Hallandale Beach.wftv.com
Biden, Trump to campaign in South Florida ahead of midterm election next week
ORLANDO, Fla. — Candidates are now in the final push, one week before the midterm election. President Joe Biden will be in Miami Gardens on Tuesday to support former Gov. Watch: Supreme Court hears arguments in case that could end affirmative action for college admissionsCrist is running for governor and Demings is running for the U.S. Senate. Then on Sunday, former President Donald Trump will be in Miami to rally for Marco Rubio. Watch: Appeals court blocks Orange County rent control ballot measure; What it means for votersRubio is running to keep his seat in the Senate.wftv.com
Biden tears into GOP, labels DeSantis ‘Trump incarnate'
President Joe Biden has lashed out at Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as “Donald Trump incarnate,” zeroing in on a potential 2024 GOP presidential contender as he campaigns for Democrats facing uphill fights in next week’s midterm election.
Here are the statewide elections on Florida ballots
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida voters can all weigh in on four different statewide elections on Election Day. Here’s who is on the ballot:Florida governorRon DeSantis (R)Charlie Crist (D)Carmen Jackie Gimenez (No party affiliation)Hector Roos (Libertarian)Read: Who’s on the ballot for U.S. Senate and House races in Central Florida? Florida attorney generalAshley Moody (R )Aramis Ayala (D)Read: Here are the 3 amendments on Florida ballots this electionChief financial officerJimmy Patronis (R )Adam Hattersley (D)Read: Florida Election Day 2022: Critical deadlines you need to knowCommissioner of agricultureWilton Simpson (R )Naomi Esther Blemur (D)VIDEO: DeSantis, Crist square off in first and only gubernatorial debate DeSantis, Crist square off in first and only gubernatorial debateClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Elon Musk makes big changes to Twitter, Dems' midterm fears worsen and more top headlines
Continue reading …HALLOWEEN SCARE- Dems’ midterm fears worsen as favor appears to shift to GOP. Continue reading …‘I’M ALL FOR IT’ - Tim Ryan's pledges to release 'all the nonviolent criminals,' slash prison numbers continue to haunt him. Continue reading …Click here for more cartoons…MEDIA‘IT’S A LIE’ – Georgia official blasts Dems ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ narrative. Continue reading …TUCKER CARLSON - Thanks to Biden's religious war in Ukraine, the US is about to run out of diesel fuel. Continue reading …LAURA INGRAHAM - Thank God we have a system where the people, not Washington dinosaurs, choose representatives.foxnews.com
Survey: Florida voters favor Republican candidates, stances on issues
Charlie Crist squared off in their one and only gubernatorial debate, a new survey of Florida voters provided very encouraging news for Republicans. While there’s still two weeks left in the race, a new survey of Florida voters shows, at least when it comes to voting issues, the electorate has narrowed its focus — and it’s not on social issues. “Voters are telling us that those are less important to them than economic concerns, particularly inflation,” said Dr. Stephen Neely with the University of South Florida. It’s potentially good news for Republicans, who the survey found led on issues of inflation and the economy. The survey found DeSantis has higher favorability compared to Crist, leading him by almost 20 points in approval.wftv.com
Dodge, deny or fib: DeSantis, others stay vague on 2024 plans
Presidential aspirants running for reelection while dreaming of the highest office in the land often face an uncomfortable question: Will they commit to serving a full term — should they win one — when their best moment to take a shot at the White House may come sooner than that.
DeSantis, Crist square off in first and only gubernatorial debate
Ron DeSantis squared off against former governor Charlie Crist in their one and only debate. For an hour, DeSantis highlighted Florida’s job creation and robust budget, pointing to issues such as teacher pay and tax holidays. The candidates toward the end also sparred when it came to immigration, and the use of state tax dollars to fly migrants from Texas to Massachusetts. READ: ‘Classic politics’: 3 proposed amendments to Florida state constitution on midterm ballotVideo: What to expect from first and only debate between DeSantis, Crist Gov. Ron DeSantis will take the stage against former congressman and former Gov.wftv.com
Fla. Gov. DeSantis refuses to commit to serving full term
Ron DeSantis refused to commit to serving a full four-year term if reelected when pressed by his Democratic rival, Charlie Crist, at their only gubernatorial debate on Monday. DeSantis skirted several attempts by Crist to get him to say he'd serve a full second term. Later, Crist slapped back, “You won’t even say if you want to be the governor of Florida after this election." The Republican governor specifically defended his record to bar transgender girls from competing on public school teams intended for student athletes identified as girls at birth. “Charlie Crist has voted with Joe Biden 100% of the time,” DeSantis said, referring to the "Crist-Biden agenda."wftv.com
Gov. DeSantis won't directly say he'll serve full 2nd term
“You won’t even say if you want to be the governor of Florida after this election,” Crist said. “You’re the only governor in the history of Florida that ever shut down our schools,” Crist said. “Charlie Crist has voted with Joe Biden 100% of the time,” DeSantis said, referring to the Crist-Biden agenda. DeSantis also defended his focus on divisive cultural issues, which have been a hallmark of his first term. DeSantis also defended a law he signed banning critical race theory and LGBTQ issues from many Florida schools.wftv.com
DeSantis won't directly say he'll serve full 2nd term
Suggesting DeSantis was already focused on running for president, Crist pressed DeSantis on whether he would commit to serving out his second full four-year term. “The only worn-out old donkey I'm looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist,” DeSantis said of his 66-year-old opponent. “You’re the only governor in the history of Florida that ever shut down our schools,” Crist said. DeSantis also defended his focus on divisive cultural issues, which have been a hallmark of his first term. DeSantis has also signed into law a measure banning critical race theory and LGBTQ issues from many Florida schools.wftv.com
Early voting begins this week in Central Florida
Early voting in starts Tuesday Sumter County, Wednesday in Volusia County and Thursday in Marion County. READ: Here are the 3 amendments on Florida ballots this electionA big turnout is expected this early voting cycle. READ: DeSantis, Crist to square off Monday in only Florida governor debateMail-in ballots must be returned, not postmarked, by 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can take it to any early voting location during early voting hours. READ: Early voting for midterm election begins Monday in most of Central FloridaVideo: DeSantis, Crist to square off Monday in only Florida governor debate Gov.wftv.com
What to expect from first and only debate between DeSantis, Crist
Read: DeSantis, Crist to square off Monday in only Florida governor debateHanley points out the time for persuasion was weeks, if not months ago, with the two most recent polls of the state showing DeSantis with a double-digit lead over Crist. “I think one of the things we can expect from Crist is to say that DeSantis has routinely ignored these issues,” Binder said. Hanley expects Crist to hammer DeSantis on ignoring insurance and cost of living in favor of social issues. “I think it will be on the list of things that Crist attempts to bring into the debate,” Hanley said. Video: DeSantis, Crist to square off Monday in only Florida governor debate Gov.wftv.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis faces off against Crist in only debate
Ron DeSantis and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist head to the debate stage Monday night for what may be Crist's best — and perhaps last — opportunity to change the trajectory of the Florida governor's race. Crist, a former Republican governor who most recently served as a Democratic congressman, is eager to stop DeSantis' political rise. It is the first and only governor’s debate before the final votes are cast on Nov. 8. “He doesn't like answering questions,” Crist said in an interview. “DeSantis is running for president and doesn’t seem to care about these kitchen-table issues in Florida,” Crist said.wftv.com
DeSantis drops provocations -- for now -- in response to Ian
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has whipsawed his way through the national conversation this month, first by putting migrants on planes or buses to Democratic strongholds and then shifting to a more traditional role of crisis manager as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. barreled into his state.
DeSantis seeks dismissal of suit by suspended prosecutor
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a federal judge to throw out a free speech lawsuit filed by a Democratic prosecutor he suspended from office over statements about not pursuing criminal charges in abortion, transgender rights and certain low-level cases.
Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall in a campaign that the Republican incumbent is eyeing as the first step toward a potential White House run.