Even if there was no Republican electoral landslide that night, the red wave was still powerful in Florida, at least.
On a night when most other GOP candidates underperformed, Gov. Ron DeSantis not only won re-election, but he did so with an unexpectedly large lead.
According to The Associated Press, DeSantis had a 59.4 percent to 40.0 percent lead over former governor Charlie Crist with more than 95 percent of the votes counted, giving him a victory over his Democratic challenger by almost 20 points. That is far more than DeSantis’ average polling lead of 12.2 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.
DeSantis won Miami-Dade County by an additional 11 points. That’s a significant accomplishment for him given that, although narrowly defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum in 2018, he lost the liberal South Florida bastion by more than 20 percent.
DeSantis lost Miami-Dade by 20 points in 2018.
That’s a 25-30 point swing in 4 years.
— John LeFevre (@JohnLeFevre) November 9, 2022
Even seasoned political experts were shocked by DeSantis’ results, and ABC News’ Maria Elena Salinas had a theory: “disinformation.”
According to the Media Research Center, Salinas made that assertion shortly after 8:30 p.m. Eastern as the full significance of DeSantis’ victory began to set in. Former Univision commentator said the Democrats have “been very slowly losing Florida to the Republicans,” in an interview with anchor David Muir.
“And when I see those numbers, blue, Miami-Dade as you can see on that map, Miami-Dade is probably the bluest county in the state,” she added. “I mean, I see it every day out my window, the blue ocean there and it’s very blue, but this time, it looks like it’s going red.”
Why? Should you even inquire?
“It’s the Democrats that have themselves to blame for this because they really have not fought back, according to Salinas.
“You know that Miami is one of the centers of disinformation, especially among Latino voters,” she continued. “The majority of residents in Miami-Dade are Latinos. And they don’t fight back. It seems almost as if they have given up on Florida. And now a lot of people just consider it not a swing state but a red state.”
“And for the first time, possibly, the Latino vote will go Republican, because even though we talked a lot about that last election, in 2020, Joe Biden still won the Latino vote in Florida, just by a much smaller margin than the election for Hillary Clinton” in 2016.
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To discover where the potential disinformation lies, one needs to go back two years, when Salinas made almost the exact same claim on CBS News — albeit with a bit more elucidation.
“We heard the president for almost four years talk about how Joe Biden and Democrats would enact socialist policies in this country,” she said of then-President Donald Trump. “To a lot of Americans, that kind of goes over their head, but remind us why that resonates so much in South Florida and why it could be affecting Biden’s chances tonight.”
“There was a lot of disinformation in radio stations in Miami and in Spanish-language media there and they really scared people into socialism and especially now Venezuelans,” Salinas added. CONTINUE READING…