Sen. Marco Rubio has won his third term in the U.S. Senate. The Republican beat Democrat Rep. Val Demings in a race watched around the country as a mandate on the presidency of Joe Biden. The current standing is Rubio-57 to Demings-42.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has also been called the winner by NBC and ABC news, defeating Democrat Charlie Crist. NBC and ABC called the race for DeSantis. The current standing is DeSantis-59.3 to Crist-41.2.
“While our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track. I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles. Florida has proved that it can be done!” DeSantis said in a speech at a rally tonight.
The strong showing of these Republicans shows that Florida is no longer a swing state. It appears that evening Miami-Dade County the vote went Republican by an 8-point advantage, with 66 percent of the vote, showing Hispanics are walking away from the Democratic Party.
Also in Florida, there have been flips of congressional seats to the Republicans including Cory Mills over Democrat Karen Green for the 7th Congressional District seat.
In just now from CNN: “Stay off social media, people. If you’re trying to figure out are there really issues with voting, trust your local officials and trust us here,” said John King, political reporter.
Also winning is Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor, with 59.3%. Gov. Greg Abbott is winning in Texas by 54.2% over Beto O’Rourke.
Republican Herschel Walker is winning for Senate in Georgia, 49.y% over Sen. Warnock. Also in Georgia, Stacey Abrams has been crushed by Gov. Brian Kemp, 53.7-45.6.
Democrat Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is leaning into a reelection win, fending off Republican Heidi Ganahl. In Massachusetts, Democrat Maura Healey has been elected governor, the nation’s first openly lesbian governor. This returns the state to Democrat control after eight years under Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
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