DeSantis takes credit for huge surge in Republican voter registration

Under governor Ron DeSantis’s (R) leadership, the swing state of Florida is getting redder.

How dramatic is the shift? According to the latest numbers, Republicans now have 120,000 more registered voters in the state than Democrats, Breitbart reported.

Republicans claim a huge advantage in Florida

It’s a big change from 2008 when Barack Obama won the state in his first presidential election. Back then, there were 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.

At a press conference Monday, DeSantis chalked up Florida’s rightward turn to residents approving of his bold, conservative agenda.

Taking a jab at the left’s COVID lockdowns, DeSantis said, “I think people do appreciate a free state and I think they appreciate a lot of what we’ve been able to do.”

“When I got elected governor, there were almost 300,000 more registered Democrats in the state of Florida than Republicans. Today, there are over 120,000 more registered Republicans, and we never had more Republicans in the history of the state until I became governor,” he said.

DeSantis has often attributed the shifting political climate in Florida to residents in blue states fleeing repressive COVID policies and “woke” ideology in schools, both of which the Republican governor has vigorously opposed.

Is Florida flipping red?

There is no doubt that DeSantis’s aggressive agenda has left an imprint on how Florida is perceived nationally. To many liberals, Florida evokes ignorance and denial of the COVID pandemic and rising, state-sanctioned “homophobia.” To conservatives, the state is a haven of resistance to far-left extremism.

DeSantis has sought to bolster Florida’s rising reputation as a bastion of conservatism against “woke” excess by going to war with Disney over its opposition to a popular “Don’t Say Gay” anti-grooming law. DeSantis is moving to strip the multi-national entertainment conglomerate of special tax privileges.

“That was really the first step,” he said, “in what’s going to be a process to make sure that, you know, Disney should not run its own government. Disney should not be exempt from the laws that every single person in Florida has to pass.”

DeSantis is continuing to press the GOP’s advantage in Florida, which President Donald Trump carried in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, with an aggressive redistricting map.

Despite, or perhaps because of all the controversy he constantly attracts, DeSantis is seen as favored to win a second term when he faces re-election in November — and to some conservatives, he is a worthy successor to Trump.

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