Gov. DeSantis predicts that Florida Supreme Court will validate his congressional map

Ron DeSantis
'I don't think you're going to see anything different than what's already been happening.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis said a federal court validated his approach to redistricting, and expects the Florida Supreme Court will too.

The Governor cheered a ruling from a three-Judge panel upholding Florida’s congressional map.

“There was a three-Judge panel, federal court, 3-0, upheld the map as being constitutional. And that’s what we said,” DeSantis said at a Fort Lauderdale press conference.

“And then in our state courts, the First District Court of Appeals upheld the map. And there’ll be another review from the Florida Supreme Court, but I don’t think you’re going to see anything different than what’s already been happening.”

DeSantis said the ruling validated his decision to veto maps produced by the Legislature that could have preserved a North Florida seat previously held by a Black Democrat.

“The reality is, we were right in 2022 to veto the map,” DeSantis said.

The ruling, though, doesn’t go that far. It states DeSantis had the authority to veto the maps as Florida’s chief executive.

In a concurring opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan, who was appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama, rejects DeSantis’ arguments against the Legislature’s maps. While DeSantis argued that the North Florida district lawmakers wanted to keep violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, he wrote that there is no evidence.

“It is not at all obvious that proposed CD-3 had a fatal compactness problem,” Jordan wrote.

Jordan wrote that DeSantis’ Office, which produced the map ultimately signed, “submitted the Enacted Map with race as a motivating factor.”

But U.S. Circuit Judge Allen Winsor, appointed by Republican President Donald Trump, openly disagreed.

“To me, opposing race-based redistricting cannot be proof of discrimination or racial animus,” Winsor wrote.

Regardless, the case now appears likely to be determined in state courts, where the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of an appellate ruling upholding the map.

DeSantis said he anticipated the state’s high court will validate his map.

“You get a lot of gnashing of teeth. You get a lot of people that try to offer analysis. And then once this stuff actually comes into, you know, rubber meets the road, turns out they were full of hot air,” DeSantis said.

At the same press conference, DeSantis boasted how his efforts in Florida had led to a Republican majority in the U.S. House.

“We added four Republicans in ’22 to our congressional delegation,” DeSantis said. “Democrats would have the House right now if it wasn’t for Florida, That’s just a fact.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    March 28, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    One might think Rhonda has rigged the system.

  • rick whitaker

    March 28, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    desantis is claiming to know fact from fiction. how laughable, desantis is a serial liar, not in daddy trump’s league, but serial liar all the same. you floridians are stuck with him for a while, but you could make his life a living hell, if it is not already that. desantis needs to pay for the damage he has done to florida. please don’t let that punk off too easy.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 1, 2024 at 5:37 am

      Damage to Florida? Hilarious. People are flooding to this state you dumb hillbilly.

      • rick whitaker

        April 1, 2024 at 3:02 pm

        im, keep lying to yourself, do you think i care if you keep deluding yourself on every issue. your post are always way out in left field in cuckoo land.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 28, 2024 at 3:36 pm

    “It is not enough for the plaintiffs to show that the Governor was motivated in part by racial animus, which we will assume without deciding for purposes of our decision,” the court wrote. “Rather, they also must prove that the Florida Legislature itself acted with some discriminatory purpose when adopting and passing the Enacted Map. This they have not done.”

  • Jon likes

    March 31, 2024 at 2:05 am

    The state is losing tourists by the millions. It is so bad that even DeSantis and Disney made up. No middle to left political leaning citizen is coming tonight wing nutjob state.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 1, 2024 at 5:35 am

      Go to any major airport in the state of Florida and attempt to convince yourself that the tourists aren’t coming. The places are packed and the planes are full. You are full of crap. Now if that doesn’t convince you then visit the beaches, cruise ports, etc and you will see more packed places.

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