South Florida Shift Helps DeSantis, Rubio Cruise To Victory

  • Florida saw Republican incumbents Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio achieve easy victories in highly watched races, thanks in no small part to several South Florida counties voting for the GOP in far greater numbers than in years past.
  • The change was most notably felt in historically blue Miami-Dade County, which flipped DeSantis’ way – the first time in 20 years the county went for a Republican governor.
  • As of early Wednesday morning, state data had DeSantis winning 55.3 percent of the votes in Miami-Dade to 44 percent for Democrat Charlie Crist. Compare that to 2018, when DeSantis got trounced in that county by Democrat Andrew Gillum by a margin of more than 20 points. Rubio also carried the county over Democrat Rep. Val Demings after losing it by more than 11 points in 2016.
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