Florida Democrats Pick Charlie Crist to Face Gov. Ron DeSantis

In a new piece of news, Florida Democrats chose Representative Charlie Crist as their candidate for governor on Tuesday, betting that the former Republican governor who campaigned on a return to political decency.

His best bet was to try to defeat the polarizing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Democrats believed that the famous and peace-loving Mr. Crist could attract independent voters and Republicans who were fed up with Mr. DeSantis’ aggressive right-wing policies wanted a governor who would look after him. There is a solution to the real problems protecting our freedom.

Mr DeSantis is a formidable foe who has raised his national profile during the coronavirus pandemic as a Republican eager to fight public health experts. His political rise has made him a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Has helped him raise over $130 million for his re-election campaign. An eye-catching amount that Democrats don’t expect to come close to matching Mr. DeSantis. Didn’t face the primary challenge, but still. He campaigned for down-ballot candidates and began a series of highly produced television commercials.

Monday included a national venue inspired by the movie Top Gun with Mr DeSantis wearing a pilot jacket dogfighting against the corporate media he often portrays as his foil.

Also reminding Floridians at every turn that they refused to impose a coronavirus lockdown too long in 2020, a situation that brought Mr DeSantis into the national spotlight. There is opposition to every decision.

Mr DeSantis spoke in the US Senate Democratic primary on Tuesday about Democrat Val B. Demings of Orlando, who had only nominal opposition to keeping children in school to save their jobs, to save businesses.

DeSantis won the nomination to face Republican Senator Marco Rubio in the Florida congressional primary. The far-right Republican won several races on Tuesday night.

Many are now favored to win in November. DeSantis and Republicans in the state legislature this year revamped House districts to strongly support the GOP in a state, some competitive general election contests not known long ago.

Florida Panhandle representative Matt Getz defeated Mark Lombardo, a Marine Corps veteran and retired FedEx executive. Corey Mills, an Army veteran and conservative commentator, has conquered the suburban Orlando district that Republicans hope to win in the fall.

The Republican primary in Mr. Crist’s district in the Tampa Bay area, which was redrawn in favor of the GOP, was won by Anna Paulina Luna, who was elected by former President Donald J. Trump supported.

In a bright spot for progressives, 25-year-old Orlando activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost bested nine other Democrats, including former Representatives Corinne Brown and Alan Grayson, in an open district in the Orlando area.

Florida Democrats learned on Tuesday that their candidates for governor had raised far less money than Mr DeSantis and that his party’s infrastructure was no stronger than Republicans.

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