AG Ashley Moody wins re-election
Ashley Moody. Aramis Ayala. Images via Twitter.

Moody Ayala
Florida's 'top cop' gets another term.

Florida’s “top cop” is getting four more years to live up to the title.

Attorney General Ashley Moody defeated Democratic challenger Aramis Ayala, a former State Attorney from Orlando, getting nearly 61% of the vote.

“Thank you to the millions of voters who participated in our state’s open and transparent election process,” Moody said in a statement. “I am honored to represent all Floridians who believe, as I do, that we deserve to live in a state where we back our men and women in blue and hold accountable those who prey on our most vulnerable, whether through human and drug trafficking, or senior scams and other fraudulent practices.

“These priorities will remain in sharp focus throughout my second term as your Attorney General, along with fighting against federal overreach, protecting our borders, combatting the fentanyl epidemic, and working toward a stronger, safer Florida,” Moody added.

“Thank you for the honor of serving Florida families, and those who call the Sunshine State home.”

Moody, a former prosecutor and federal judge first elected in 2018, was endorsed by Police Chiefsmost elected Sheriffs and State Attorneys in the state. She had more money than she needed, with more than $3 million cash on hand in her Friends of Ashley Moody committee as of Nov. 3. She also raised and spent more than $2 million in hard money.

In contrast, Ayala raised less than $220,000 all inclusive this cycle. She did not take campaign matching funds, while Moody had more than a quarter million dollars in matching funds alone.

Moody also enjoyed national backing of the sort Ayala did not have this time around.

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) spent more than a million dollars on Moody’s General Election campaign four years ago.

This time around, the group spent $300,000 on the re-election bid. RAGA bet big on Moody in 2018, donating just over $1 million between her win of a competitive Primary that year and her General Election victory, which saw her succeed term-limited Pam Bondi.

Ayala won a three-way Democratic Primary in August, getting close to 45% of the vote against Daniel Uhlfelder and Jim Lewis. She got key endorsements in that process, including a group of Black legislators.

But in a wave year and at a severe financial disadvantage, Ayala had too many obstacles to compete.

Moody won in 2018 with 52% of the vote against Tampa’s Sean Shaw, who was a much stronger fundraiser than Ayala. This time around a resounding victory will pave the way for whatever her next political move is after 2026.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    November 8, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Ashley election denier Moody was duped by Trump snake oil..then tried to dupe stupid people in Florida with Fentanyl Halloween candy scaremonger. Whole State of Florida is a bunch of duped fascists. They deserve the dregs of NYC driving up home prices. Enjoy!

    • David in Shoreline

      November 8, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      Sad sad boy. Get ready to cry for 4 years because she’s going to be in the Governors’ mansion immediately following Governor DeSantis.

      • Elliott Offen

        November 8, 2022 at 10:33 pm

        Hopefully Dark Garland will arrest her. God knows what they did in the 2020 election scheme to deny Biden his rightful and legitimate win. Hand her some Fentanyl Halloween candy and encourage her to perform the coup degras. Not to be confused with the coup de-cheat election…amicus curie de frivolous litigation. Pathetic…

  • eva

    November 9, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    With the benefit of quick replay and sticky on line interest, I consistently generated over $26,600 in higher earnings from domestic. With my greatest domestic revenues, I really made $18,636. Without a doubt, everyone can now.

    generate additional money on the internet by utilizing—————————->>> rq.fyi/jbVCbv

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Renzo Downey, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Wes Wolfe, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories