DeSantis explains what the GOP missed in the ‘huge underperformance’ for the election


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis commented on the Republican Party’s “huge underperformance” in the midterm elections at a press conference Thursday, explaining why his re-election victory was dominant as the GOP nationally captured only a slim majority in the House and failed to take the Senate.

DeSantis, who was hailed by some Republicans as the new “leader of the party” after his landslide victory by nearly 20 points, was asked to comment on former President Trump’s daily return to the news and perceived divisions within the GOP. The governor, who could challenge Trump in 2024, did not comment on his potential main opponent, but pushed back against the idea that Republicans are divided.

“We assumed we were going to end up with about 245 House members, we’re at 222 it seems, which is a huge underperformance,” DeSantis said. “The question is, you know, why did this happen?”

He observed that historical trends favored Republicans and that President Biden’s unpopularity and widespread belief that the country was heading in the wrong direction should have led to big GOP gains in Congress.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition at The Venetian in Las Vegas, November 19, 2022.
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“Usually those voters will want to vote for people who offer an alternative, and yet some of those voters across the country, not in Florida, but across the country, even though they disapproved of Biden, even though they disapproved the leadership of the country, they still didn’t want to vote, you know, for some of our candidates,” DeSantis said.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily about being split as a party, I think it’s like, OK, how do you show up and win majorities?” He continued.

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Former President Trump speaks during the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition at The Venetian in Las Vegas, November 19, 2022.

Former President Trump speaks during the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition at The Venetian in Las Vegas, November 19, 2022.
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“I think what we did in Florida is we showed that we showed leadership, we didn’t bow down, we were willing to take on big interests…but deliver results, and that ends up attracting more people will want to be on your team,” DeSantis said. “That wasn’t something that was happening in the rest of the country.”

While the governor has kept quiet about his future ambitions, DeSantis has fueled speculation that he intends to run for president with the upcoming release of an autobiography titled “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival”.

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Book by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis "The courage to be free"

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Book “The Courage to Be Free”
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The publishers said the book “will focus on the critical issues that led [DeSantis] at the center of the debate on the future of our country. He shares his thoughts from when he struggled with COVID mandates and restrictions, critical race theory, woke corporations” and what they describe as “partisan legacy media.” They added that the memoir will relate what they call “his audacious and substantial political achievements. »

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While Trump, who launched his third race for the White House two weeks ago, is considered the undisputed frontrunner in the GOP nomination race, DeSantis has seen his polls in the 2024 Republican presidential polls begin to rise. rival those of Trump, and his fundraising prowess matches the president’s alumni.

Fox News’ Andrew Murray and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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