November 7, 2023
“Miami-Dade Voters: Ron for Governor, Not President!
The recent primary elections in Miami-Dade County have revealed a surprising trend of local voter support for Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, but not for his presidential ambitions. Voters from the heavily democratic-leaning county lent their support to the Florida governor in the gubernatorial election, but it seems they have different expectations for his presidential aspirations.
Though DeSantis had a strong showing in the primary elections in Miami-Dade County, gaining nearly 52% of the vote, the same voters appear to be less enthusiastic about his chancing a run for the White House. Local interviews have revealed that many feel DeSantis has a better chance, and a higher chance of success, of leading Florida than the nation. These sentiments were echoed by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava among others, who believe the governor may be well-suited to leading Florida but lacks the experience, credentials, and community network to lead the nation in a meaningful and effective way.
In his gubernatorial duties, DeSantis has often proven to be fairly popular in the Sunshine State, displaying significant successes such as economic growth, boosting public education funding, and lending various forms of assistance to those impacted by the pandemic. When it comes to the nation's highest office, however, many voters in Miami-Dade appear to believe Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is better suited to continue to serve Florida in that capacity rather than aim for higher office.