Marc Caputo, NBC News national political reporter, admitted that Charlie Crist is unlikely to defeat Ron DeSantis in Florida. DeSantis was expected to win in November, regardless of the outcome of the Democratic primaries. However, with Nikki Fried, you could make a fight of her. Crist isn’t as energetic to get Democrats to vote for his party.
DeSantis was the biggest winner of last night’s primaries. Caputo stated that neither Democratic insiders nor political observers believed either candidate was worthy of support since polls were grim for them both.
“Heading into Election Day few Democratic insiders or political observers gave Crist/Fried much of an opportunity in November,” Fried said, citing every public poll that showed DeSantis leading Crist.
Caputo outlined some reasons why Florida Democrats were facing a difficult future in the gubernatorial race.
“As DeSantis’ historic $140 million reelection war chest grows every day, national Democrats signaled that they won’t spend in Florida as heavily in the past.” He also stated, “The state’s growing Hispanic electorate is shifting rightwards since 2018. For the first time, Florida Republicans are more than Democrats — a sign of voter intensity.”
Caputo explained Crist’s defeat against DeSantis.
“Even Crist implicitly admitted that he is running a losing campaign, promising to run the same way Biden ran in 2020 when he lost Florida by just 3.3 percentage points to Donald Trump. This was the largest presidential victory margin since 2004.”
Important to remember is that DeSantis will likely be voted for by the vast majority of those who fled Florida in 2020 and registered to vote. This is because registered Republicans have outnumbered Democrats by more than 100,000 in Florida for the first time in history.
One advisor gave very grim odds that Crist would win:
It’s the Powerball Election. “There is still a chance!” A reporter explained the grim context by stating that “The odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot: 1 in 292.2 million.”
Screven Watson, ex-executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, stated:
“We are battered, bruised, and broken. These are the three Bs. There is a sense of predestination. This is where Democrats have given up, and the national donors don’t consider this a good investment.”
He said that he had a feeling that defeat was inevitable.
Crist will pretend that he can win, ask for donations and degrade DeSantis supporters, but Floridians will reelect Governor DeSantis in November.