Ron DeSantis sees ‘troubling’ vote dumps in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania
Ron DeSantis gives state employees an couple of extra days off for the holidays. Image via Colin Hackley.

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While appearing on Fox News, he suggested the network should rescind its Arizona call for Joe Biden.

After lampooning Fox News for calling Arizona for Joe Biden while ballots are still counted, Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared on the network again Wednesday evening.

But the Fox News decision desk wasn’t the only group that drew the Governor’s ire. Ongoing ballot counting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania has shown a tightening lead for President Donald Trump, and several outlets have even called Wisconsin for Biden.

“You have these vote dumps that are happening a day or two or three days after Election Night, so you have one candidate that has a huge win, and then all of a sudden, fortunes change,” DeSantis said. “It causes people to have no confidence in process.”

Added the Governor to host Sean Hannity: “I tell you, what I’m seeing in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is troubling, Sean.”

Several Pennsylvania counties did not begin reporting absentee ballots until Wednesday. In Wisconsin, election officials didn’t begin counting the trove of mail-in ballots until Tuesday morning.

That delayed results from the key states, which have come down as possible deciders of the 2020 presidential election.

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, DeSantis touted Florida as a model election system.

“Perhaps 2020 was the year we finally vanquished the ghost of Bush versus Gore,” the Governor told reporters.

During his evening “Hannity” appearance, DeSantis reiterated that Florida was able to process 11 million ballots and return most of the results by 10 p.m. But outlets like The Associated Press didn’t call the race until after 12:30 p.m.

“Florid should have been called at 8:30. The networks including Fox who refused to call it…” DeSantis said before being interrupted by Hannity.

But instead of coming to his home network’s defense, the host affirmed the Governor.

“That’s total B.S. Every Biden state, call it immediately,” Hannity said.

DeSantis then launched into his complaint against Fox News for calling Arizona in Biden’s favor. As votes trickle in, the race appears to be tightening.

“Fox should rescind their call,” he said.

North Carolina, he added, should be called for the President.

“If you’re going to be quick on the trigger, then be quick on the trigger for both sides and stand by it,” DeSantis said, an apparent contradiction of his Arizona gripe. “And then Biden, man, they’ll do it right away. It’s inconsistent, it’s unacceptable.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


8 comments

  • Rog in Miami Gardens

    November 5, 2020 at 7:55 am

    DeSantis needs to focus on handling the surge of COVID-19 cases here in Florida and stop poking his nose into issues that he clearly has not expertise on.

  • tjb

    November 5, 2020 at 7:59 am

    When will DeSantis man up and stop being a trump puppet?

  • PeterH

    November 5, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Is DeSantis suggesting that States should not accept and count military ballots that usually arrive up to 10 days after an election?

    Where was DeSantis complaining when on Election Day a Federal Judge issued an order to the the head of USPS to report back to the court on a compelled vote sweep at 3PM? To my knowledge the USPS still hasn’t complied!

    Count ALL THE VOTES!

  • Ocean Joe

    November 5, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Rick Scott did the same thing in the closing hours of the senate race vote count, ranting about voter fraud when there was none. The only fraud was him.

    DeSantis is Trump’ pawn, surprised he wasn’t in Pa crying alongside Eric about votes actually getting counted.

    It looks like we will take their ‘queen’ but they still have a generational lock on the supreme court and will hold the senate…so it’s a stalemate.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 5, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Desantis and Scott demanded the count stop 9:30? Cause trump wanted them to do that! Wtf count all of the ballots. It is also obvious that provisional ballots pop up in large numbers in poor, black or immigrant communities !

  • Laura

    November 5, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Desantis is GREAT !
    He has his act together on EVERY LEVEL.
    To you naysayers. Just shut up !

  • Gina Hale

    November 6, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Gov. Ron & the ‘first lady’ of FL are such “trumpers” that they can’t see any truth of our voting processes. Well, get ready, it’s going to be Pres-Elect. Biden and Ron can cry with DJT about his loss.

  • Betterday

    November 10, 2020 at 9:52 am

    @Roginmiamigardens DeSantis is mimicking trump/Atlas herd immunity and doesn’t seem to care how many lives will be lost, how many will suffer long term physical and financial impacts, push hospitals and frontline workers to the max, has no plan to help employees who get Covid and must isolate – losing wages, no plan to help those underinsured, no plan to protect vulnerable senior populations. He is using COVID (and false fraudulent election claims) to position himself to be the mouthpiece for the red-rad right. https://tampabaytimes-fl.newsmemory.com/?publink=2e0cdb479

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