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Ron DeSantis says Florida is ‘more inclined’ to vote for Donald Trump in 2020

He claimed “leftism” has helped fuel the Hispanic community for Trump.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday made his case for President Donald Trump and described Florida as a state ripe to re-elect him.

“I think the President is facing an electorate that is more inclined to vote for him in 2020 than the one that he successfully convinced to vote for him in 2016,” DeSantis said.

Among other points, the Governor cited voter registration figures to support his claim. He told Levin that Trump in 2016 won Florida despite Democrats having 350,000 more registered voters. By Election Day 2020, however, DeSantis estimated that the difference may hover near 150,000.

“It will be the closest Republicans have ever been to Democrats in Florida in the history of the state,” he said.

The Governor credited the 2020 Republican influx, in part, to swell of people who’ve moved to Florida in search of “greener pastures.”

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“We see people who are fed up with high taxes in places like Illinois or the Northeast and they come down,” he said. “I do think that many of them are registering as Republicans because I think they understand that we’ve had laboratories of democracies in this country with the states doing different approaches, and approaches like Florida have been more successful.”

Notably, DeSantis described the Hispanic community’s growing support for Trump as as the “biggest improvement” from 2016. He said their enthusiasm for Trump has increased as the Democratic Party goes further “left-wing” on issues.

“Those are voters down in South Florida who are very sensitive about leftism because either they had their lives upended, their parents or grandparents lives upended by left wing dictators in places like Cuba and Venezuela and Nicaragua,” he said. “So I think the President has been very strong on those issues and I think you’re going to see that resulting in the polls.”

Florida, which Trump won in 2016, remains a must-win swing state in 2020.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told Fox News viewers Sunday that Trump will visit florida several more times in the coming weeks.

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Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at jason@floridapolitics.com or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. S B ANTHONY

    October 12, 2020 at 8:06 am

    These kinds of statements from a “governor” insult the intelligence of Floridians.

  2. John

    October 12, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Ron those “south Florida voter” may be alarmed about your socialism claims until they look closer and see you are calling taxation, medicare and social security socialism and then they know you don’t know what your talking about. Also the Hispanic community is very diverse and is not composed mainly of Cubans who trust you because you wear a suit and tie.

  3. James Robert Miles

    October 12, 2020 at 11:34 am

    DeSatan doesn’t know and can’t be trusted with dealing with the virus. So what he says about who people will vote for means absolutely NOTHING! He is the ultimate Trump butt kisser! He is just saying what his master tells him to say. VOTE HIM OUT, LOCK HIM UP!! DUMP TRUMP 2020, Save America from authoritarian rule!!

  4. Valerie Sprieser

    October 12, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Desantis telling trump what he wants to hear!
    Massive unemployment, starvation unemployment compensation, thousands on food lines, thousands dead because of corona virus and thousands more testing positive every day!
    Herd immunity is trump and Desantis solution to combat the virus
    Floridians are mad and fed up with your mismanagement!
    Even the villagers are voting Biden!

    There is going to be a huge blue wave that washes all of your gop
    Scum away!

  5. Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Hey south Florida the goptrump cult and Duffus Desantis(high on lies) are going to take your health coverage including pre existing conditions! Ashley Moody has signed on the line for the Supreme Court take away health care including pre existing conditions! Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the common good and health care coverage including pre existing conditions!

  6. Lee

    October 16, 2020 at 11:51 am

    DeSantis making this claim (with so much confidence) leads me to believe that the “fix” is in and that certain votes will not be counted. In other words, it may be rigged. I’ve been worried about this since the midterms. I’m fairly certain that Rick Scott did NOT win his Senate seat fair and square, nor did DeSantis. The fact he’s out there saying Florida is “ripe” for a Trump victory is telling… We need to be mindful.

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