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Roger Stone Threatens To Wreck Ron DeSantis’ Reelection If He Refuses To Audit Florida’s Voter Rolls

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is already facing a very uncertain bid for reelection next year in the Sunshine State, having completely mishandled the response to COVID and taking the public stance that he will oppose any local efforts to combat the deadly virus, which has resulted in sending nearly 60,000 Floridians to their graves.

But it now appears things are about to get much worse for DeSantis, as he’s facing a challenge on the extreme right-wing from longtime Donald Trump friend and protégé Roger Stone, who is demanding DeSantis run a full audit of Florida’s voter registration rolls.

Stone sent this warning to DeSantis via Twitter:

He followed up with this one:

Here’s the interesting thing about Stone’s threat to DeSantis: Both of them are acolytes of the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president, so it’s hard to know if Donald put Stone up to this in order to take DeSantis down a notch and keep him from being a viable GOP presidential candidate in 2024. Because if DeSantis can’t get a second term in Florida, he’s all but guaranteed to be a dud in a run for the White House.

Of course, as unhinged and duplicitous of a bottom-feeding insect as Stone is and always has been (he used to work as a dirty trickster for Richard Nixon), he may have cooked up his run on the Libertarian ticket just so he can remain relevant and try to raise a few bucks. Word is that money is tight for Stone and his legal bills are believed to be enormous.

Whether Stone actually runs or not isn’t exactly the point. Just the threat proves that DeSantis is potentially weak on his right flank, which he thought he had safely covered.

For now, Stone is just testing the waters to see if he can get what he wants. But if he does choose to run, Ron DeSantis could well be sending out his résumé after the votes are counted next November.

 

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Coronavirus GOP Polls

Abbot And DeSantis’ Poll Numbers Crater As COVID Deaths Soar In Their States

As COVID continues to ravage the states they lead and both hospitalizations and deaths reach astronomical levels in Florida and Texas, the GOP governors of those states are seeing their poll numbers fall drastically as they face reelection battles in 2022.

Florida has become COVID central in the United States, with the state setting a new record on Thursday:

And in Texas, over 55,000 people have now died from COVID-19 in the Lone Star State.

A just-released Morning Consult poll shows that 51% of independent Florida voters say they disapprove of the job Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing. That’s up significantly from a month ago, when just 38% of independents were unhappy with DeSantis.

Among all Florida voters, DeSantis’ poll numbers have fallen by 14% over the past 60 days. That’s not exactly a good pattern for a incumbent who will soon be asking the electorate for a second term in office.

In Texas, the latest figures show that over 3 million residents have COVID, and that has led to Abbott’s numbers cratering in a fashion that mirrors DeSantis, with the Texas governor seeing his support erode by 7 points overall in the most recent polling.

At this rate, both Abbott and DeSantis will be underwater with voters by the time residents go to the polls next November, which could set up a major loss for Republicans at both the state and national level, according to Perry Bacon Jr. of the Washington Post:

“So perhaps a dynamic young candidate who can spur high turnout while avoiding very left-wing stands could be a winner. The Democrats have one strong prospect to run this kind of campaign in Florida — 43-year-old Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is already running in the primary against Crist. They have two in Texas: former congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, 48, who is strongly considering a gubernatorial run; and 30-year-old Lina Hidalgo, the chief executive of Houston-area Harris County.”

Abbott and DeSantis are learning that when you ignore the health and safety of your constituents in an attempt to “own the libs,” all you accomplish is cutting off your nose to spite your face.

 

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Elections U.S. Senate

Marco Rubio Just Got Some Very Bad News About His Bid For Another Term In Office

The following is a bold statement, but the chances are excellent it’ll prove to be prescient come the 2022 midterm election: Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio is the most vulnerable Senate Republican running for another six-year term in office.

Seeing as how Rubio is an incumbent in a state that has recently tended to go red in nearly every election (even in competitive races), you’d think he’d be on a glide path to reelection.

But based on an op-ed the Orlando Sentinel just published, it’s clear that plenty of Floridians are sick and tired of how Rubio says one thing and then does the exact opposite.

In their op-ed, the Sentinel editorial board lays out specific instances where Rubio proved what a gutless wimp he is and always will be, including what he said two weeks ago about the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection when he declared:

“We need to learn as much as we can: A, because it was a shameful day — something that should never happen again — and B, because I think our enemies of this country, terrorists and others, will look to learn from that day, potentially, one day take lessons learned from it to attack us here.”

And yet Rubio went along with the GOP playbook today when he refused to let the creation of a bipartisan commission take place in an effort to “learn” from that day.

Rubio is a serial liar, the Sentinel notes:

“What’s the point of appealing to someone who swore off another Senate run when he ran for president in 2016, then turned around and ran for the Senate? Someone who negotiated a bipartisan immigration reform bill and then campaigned against it?

“We’ve been waiting a decade for Rubio to do the right thing. But the senator is Lucy with the football, and every Floridian who trusts him is Charlie Brown.”

What is likely to happen to Marco Rubio next year when he cranks up his 2022 run? Well, there’s an excellent chance he might be primaried:

“Even more terrifying to him is the prospect of getting primaried if he stands up to the party. Just look at all the Trump family members flocking to Florida. Any one of them could step right in and probably squash Rubio like a bug if he gets out of line.”

And even if Rubio does manage to survive a primary, he’d still probably be facing Rep. Val Demings (D) who has announced she will try to unseat the incumbent senator.

Demings is a formidable opponent who served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department beginning in 2007. During her tenure as chief, violent crime in Orlando decreased by 40%.

But even more important than her career in law enforcement when it comes to her bid for the Senate is that she’s not Marco Rubio.

Rubio should be worried. If he isn’t, then he’s sure as hell not paying attention.

 

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Elections GOP

Joy Reid: Ron DeSantis Is On The Verge Of Losing His 2022 Bid For Reelection

Not so long ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was seen as a legitimate contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, one of the rising GOP stars who even had the blessings of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump.

But that was before COVID-19 hit and DeSantis mishandled the pandemic in the Sunshine State. Seniors began dying by the tens of thousands and the Florida governor allegedly sold vaccines for the deadly disease to the highest bidder as elderly Floridians struggled to take their next breath.

MSNBC host Joy Reid noted recently that DeSantis is in one hell of a pickle, especially since his newly-announced lax health standards are scaring away businesses, most notably the cruise ship industry, which is a major financial force in Florida. Here’s what Reid posted on Twitter:

DeSantis recently signed a very harsh voter suppression bill, but while he’s counting on that to keep minority participation in the 2022 election down, the courts still have to weigh in on the matter, and voters could be angry enough to send the Florida GOP a loud message about what happens when you try to take away people’s right to cast a ballot.

Granted, DeSantis is the incumbent, and that’s a major advantage in any election. But as we saw in 2020, an unpopular incumbent president can indeed lose an election.

 

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Ron DeSantis’ Political Future Looks More Uncertain Than Ever

There was a time not so long ago when Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis was seen by many in the GOP as a rising star who might even have a chance at one day becoming president of the United States.

But those days are long gone. DeSantis has repeatedly mishandled the COVID pandemic in his state, causing his support among senior citizens (a key voting block in the Sunshine State) to wane right as he’s gearing up to seek a second term in office next year.

And now more bad news has arrived for DeSantis in the form of a poll from St. Pete Polls which shows him running dead even with the likely Democratic nominee, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

According to the poll — which was commissioned by Florida Politics — DeSantis looks vulnerable:

“The poll found the incumbent Republican Governor and the potential Democratic challenger both taking about 45% of the vote. A close look shows DeSantis winning 45.2% to Fried’s 44.6%, a difference far smaller than the survey’s 2.2% margin of error.

“The poll finds DeSantis holding 76% Republican support, while Fried has less than 72% among Democrats, showing the incumbent performing better with his own base. But 46% of independents favor Fried, compared to 42% who prefer DeSantis.”

In a closely divided state like Florida, independent voters are the key to winning, and they favor Fried, which is very bad news for DeSantis, who has also been an ardent and vocal supporter of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump. Trump is not seen positively in much of the country, especially among independent voters or the elderly. That raises a larger question: With Trump now calling Florida his home and holed up at Mar-a-Lago, could DeSantis’ connections to the former president be politically detrimental to him as he seeks reelection?

If Fried does indeed announce a run for governor and become the Democratic nominee, she would be a formidable opponent for DeSantis, whose popularity is falling.

Even though the 2022 election is still over a year and a half away, polls are clearly showing that DeSantis can be beaten. And given his own propensity for making the wrong decision no matter the issue, his popularity will likely continue to decrease.

Florida may be on the verge of turning blue. That’s very bad news for the entire Republican Party.