Charlie Crist Named Florida’s First Democratic Governor Winner

Charlie Crist defeated Nikki Fried in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary and will face Governor Ron DeSantis in November. Crist quickly took a big lead over Fried as soon as the results started rolling in. It was the win the Crist campaign had been expecting, but that anticipation only fueled the excitement. “I’m so proud to have won the support of the Democratic nomination to be the next governor of the state of Florida,” Crist said from St. Petersburg. As he celebrated his victory, he also thanked his main opponent “for fighting the good fight for four years in Tallahassee. We share the same goal: to save our state and defeat DeSantis.” Then, from the start, Crist appealed to voters, “A woman’s right to choose on the ballot. Democracy on the ballot. Your rights as minorities are on that ballot,” Crist said. Congressman says DeSantis has his sights set on a future presidential race, his focus will be on Floridians.”I’ve been your governor before. And unlike the current governor, I’ve served all Floridians,” Crist said. In the sea of ​​supporters, Crist said as he won the Democrats’ vote to become their nominee Tuesday night, he hopes to appeal to independents and Republicans. Fried conceded the Democratic primary for governor. only app Crist proved, but didn’t rule out she might be willing to join him on the ticket this fall. Tuesday night. Throughout her campaign, Fried has referred to her gubernatorial bid as a women’s movement. “This is a movement, and just like all the women who came before me and all the women who came after me, movements won’t happen overnight,” Fried said. Fried congratulated Crist for her victory and sent a message of unity saying that now is the time for all Democrats to come together to defeat DeSantis in the fall.As to whether she would consider being Crist’s running mate for Lt. governor, she didn’t speculate but didn’t shut the door. but we both have the same mission and that is to defeat Ron DeSantis in November,” Fried said BELOW: Fried speaks after the Crist’s victory Tuesday, DeSantis reminded the crowd at a Hialeah event of his record and spoke of his support for parents and claimed he would produce the largest Republican turnout in Florida history.” at the end of the day, we weren’t going to let this state be overrun by woke ideology,” said DeSantis. corporations, government agencies, fight revival in our schools and never submit to the revival agenda. Florida is the state where the revival will die.” BELOW: DeSantis speaks on Election Day “This election will determine who takes on Ron DeSantis and bring true freedom to the Sunshine State again. Governor DeSantis has been tough on a lot of people: LGBTQ kids, African American voters,” Crist said. Of the two Democrats, Crist has raised the most money through his campaign account and political committee — around $15 million. Fried has raised around $10 million, but she’s narrowed the gap in recent weeks. being a harbinger of a presidential race in 2024, adding to a sense of urgency among Democrats to blunt his rise now. have a 2024 because he won’t have a 2022. We’re going to beat him in November, and we’re going to kill all his aspirations to run for president of the United States. Crist, in an interview, described DeSantis as a threat to democracy. “It is the opposite of freedom. He’s an autocrat. He’s a demagogue. And I think people are sick of him,” Crist said of the incumbent Republican governor, noting that DeSantis earlier this year berated a group of high school students for wearing face masks during a indoor press conference. “Qui est ce gars? Qui pense-t-il être? He is not the boss.”PGlmcmFtZSBjbGFzcz0iYXAtZW1iZWQiIHNyYz0iaHR0cHM6Ly9pbnRlcmFjdGl2ZXMuYXAub3JnL2VsZWN0aW9uLXJlc3VsdHMvY3VzdG9tZXJzL2xheW91dHMvb3JnYW5pemF0aW9uLWxheW91dHMvcHVibGlzaGVkLzU4NjcwLzM1MDMuaHRtbCIgd2lkdGg9IjEwMCUiIGZyYW1lYm9yZGVyPSIwIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBtYXJnaW5oZWlnaHQ9IjAiPjwvaWZyYW1lPjxzY3JpcHQgZGVmZXIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL2ludGVyYWN0aXZlcy5hcC5vcmcvZWxlY3Rpb24tcmVzdWx0cy9hc3NldHMvbWljcm9zaXRlL3Jlc2l6ZUNsaWVudC5qcyI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+

Charlie Crist defeated Nikki Fried in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary and will face Governor Ron DeSantis in November.

Crist quickly took a big lead over Fried as soon as the results started rolling in.

It was the win the Crist campaign had been waiting for, but that anticipation only fueled the excitement.

“I’m so proud to have secured the support of the Democratic nomination to be the next governor of the state of Florida,” Crist said from St. Petersburg.

As he celebrated his victory, he also thanked his main opponent “for fighting the good fight for the past four years in Tallahassee. We share the same goal: to save our state and defeat DeSantis.”

Then, right off the bat, Crist made his appeal to voters.

“A woman’s right to choose on the ballot. Democracy on the ballot. Your rights as minorities are on that ballot,” Crist said.

The congressman says DeSantis has his sights set on a future presidential race, his attention will be on Floridians.

“I was your governor before. And unlike the current governor, I served all Floridians,” Crist said.

In the sea of ​​supporters, Crist says as he won the Democrats’ vote to become their nominee Tuesday night, he hopes to appeal to independents and Republicans.

Fried conceded the Democratic primary for governor. Not only did she approve of Crist, but she didn’t rule out that she might be willing to join him on the ticket this fall.

“Good evening, everyone! Look, nobody’s ever broken a glass ceiling on the first pitch,” Fried said in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday night.

Throughout her campaign, Fried referred to her gubernatorial bid as a women’s movement.

“It’s a movement, and like all the women who came before me and all the women who came after me, movements don’t happen overnight,” Fried said.

Fried congratulated Crist on his victory and sent a message of unity saying the time had come for all Democrats to come together to defeat DeSantis in the fall.

As for whether she would consider being Crist’s running mate for the lieutenant governor, she didn’t speculate but didn’t shut the door.

“Charlie and I have known each other for a long time. It was an uphill battle in the primary, but we both have the same mission and that is to defeat Ron DeSantis in November,” Fried said.

BELOW: Fried speaks after Crist’s win

On Tuesday, DeSantis reminded the crowd at a Hialeah event of his record and spoke of his support for parents and law enforcement. He claimed he would produce the largest Republican turnout in Florida history.

“At the end of the day, we weren’t going to let this state be taken over by a woke ideology,” DeSantis said. “We will fight revival in corporations, in government agencies, fight revival in our schools, and never submit to the revival agenda. Florida is the state where revival is going to die.”

BELOW: DeSantis speaks on Election Day

Polls mostly showed Crist leading the Democratic primary for governor, but the latest poll from the University of North Florida showed him trailing Nikki Fried by four points.

“This election will determine who can take on Ron DeSantis and bring true freedom back to the Sunshine State. Governor DeSantis has been tough on a lot of people: LGBTQ kids, African American voters,” Crist said.

Of the two Democrats, Crist has raised the most money through his campaign account and political committee — around $15 million. Fried has raised around $10 million, but she’s been closing the gap in recent weeks.

The winner of the Democratic primary will have a tough climb in November, with DeSantis having already raised far more than the two Democrats combined, around $160 million.

DeSantis’ re-election effort is widely speculated to be a precursor to a presidential race in 2024, adding to the sense of urgency among Democrats to blunt his rise now.

“I was in the trenches. I faced DeSantis,” Fried told The Associated Press. DeSantis “won’t have a 2024 because he won’t have a 2022. We’re going to beat him in November and we’re going to kill all his aspirations to run for president of the United States.”

Crist, in an interview, described DeSantis as a threat to democracy.

“It is the opposite of freedom. He’s an autocrat. He’s a demagogue. And I think people are sick of him,” Crist said of the incumbent Republican governor, noting that DeSantis earlier this year berated a group of high school students for wearing face masks during a indoor press conference. “Who is this guy? Who does he think he is? He’s not the boss.”

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