Over 7,784,171 Florida voters turned out to determine the cabinet races, congressional races, state legislative races, local races, constitutional amendments, and more. The state decisively supported Governor Ron DeSantis in his re-election bid.
- Election day results were very good to the GOP. State Republicans are projected to add seats in the state House and Senate. Additionally, Republicans are projected to secure supermajorities in both chambers. Holding a supermajority gives Republicans an additional tool in their toolbox as they can meet important vote thresholds for motions, rules, and bills.
- Cabinet positions remained relatively in place with one notable exception. Ashely Moody and Jimmy Patronis were successful in their reelection bids as Attorney General and Chief Financial Officer, respectfully. While Wilton Simpson beat Naomi Esther Blemur for the Commissioner of Agriculture, flipping the cabinet position from blue to red.
- Florida’s 27th Congressional District – Republican incumbent Maria Elvira Salazar defeated Democratic challenger state Senator Annette Taddeo, a district where most voters are Hispanic. Most notably, this district shifted from a swing district to a red seat after redistricting.
- Florida’s 13th Congressional District – This seat was previously held by Crist, but the new map pushed by Governor DeSantis flipped this district to slightly favor Republicans. Polls had shown a tight contest between GOP candidate Anna Paulina Luna and Democrat Eric Lynn, whom former President Barack Obama endorsed, but there can only be one winner. Congrats to the winner, Anna Paulina Luna.
- Florida’s 2nd Congressional District – Republican Congressman Neal Dunn holds off Democratic Congressman Al Lawson in a redrawn seat that pitted the two incumbents against each other.
- Looking more at the critical state races that saw Republicans unseating Democrat incumbents: Corey Simon topples Loranne Ausley in Senate District 3. Jay Collins defeated Janet Cruz in Senate District 14. While Susan Plasencia pulled a critical upset over Carlos Guillermo Smith in HD 37.
- None of the three state constitutional amendments on the ballot received enough votes to meet the 60% threshold to be approved. Amendment 3 received 58.67% of the vote. While amendments 1 and 2 received 57.26% and 53.87% of the vote, respectively.
Florida’s newly elected Legislators will convene in Tallahassee for the Organizational Session on November 22, 2022 to swear in new members and officially install the new President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.
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