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FRANKEL: Govern As A Conservative, And You’ll Be Successful

One of the closest major races of the 2018 election cycle was the Florida gubernatorial race, where Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum by a mere 33,000 votes, or .4%. However, based on current polling, should he run for reelection, DeSantis may have a much easier race on his hands next time.

DeSantis, according to a Quinnipiac poll conducted between March 6-11, has the overwhelming approval of Florida voters, by a margin of 59-17%. ABC Action News reports that this is the highest approval of any Florida governor in the last decade. Incredibly, even Democrats approve of him by a margin of 42-28%. “DeSantis and the state’s politicians are benefitting from an overall sunny mood among Floridians who are happy about the economy and life in general,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Interestingly, the poll showed that every demographic other than Democrats support DeSantis’ proposal to crack down on sanctuary cities by requiring local law enforcement to work with ICE. This includes Hispanics, who approve at a margin of 48-39%, which is an obvious refutation of the establishment Republican narrative that a politician must support amnesty and open borders in order to win the Hispanic vote.

While running for governor, DeSantis, a former House Freedom Caucus member, campaigned as a constitutional conservative, and so far, he has the record to show for it. This record includes the crackdown on sanctuary cities mentioned above, but in only two months in office, DeSantis has managed to create the bedrock for a conservative legacy.

In his first week as governor, DeSantis finally suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his gross incompetence in his handling of the Parkland massacre, which tragically claimed the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February. He also has been adamant in opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by officially boycotting Airbnb for state business after the company decided to stop listing rentals in Judea and Samaria. Additionally, DeSantis has started a process to eliminate the disastrous Common Core program from Florida public schools, a move which would clearly localize academic standards with the goal of improving education. DeSantis has also pledged to end the epidemic of judicial activism, stating that “The Constitution, not the judiciary, is supreme,” which is something every conservative political leader should follow if he or she wants to have a conservative agenda enacted.

The example of Governor DeSantis comes to show that if you govern as a constitutional conservative, you will likely be successful.

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