Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis predicted a “cold war” between his state and Georgia if Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams wins this year’s governor’s race in the Peach State.
Speaking at a press conference in northwestern Florida’s Gulf County, the Republican referenced the ongoing Masters golf tournament in Augusta before saying Georgia voters should defeat Abrams’ candidacy. DeSantis said he cannot have (former Cuban communist dictator Raul) Castro “to my south and Abrams to my north.”
This, he said, would cause a “cold war” between the Southern neighbors.
Before the left panics over a new Iron Curtain and a rebuilt Brandenburg Gate on the Florida-Georgia line, it should be noted that DeSantis’ office stated the obvious after the governor’s comments. The possible 2024 presidential candidate was “making an analogy” about the sharp differences between his leadership and a potential Abrams administration to the north.
Abrams became a darling of the left even after losing to current Georgia governor Brian Kemp in the state’s 2018 election, a race she has not conceded. Instead, she accused Kemp of “voter suppression” and issued a statement pointedly acknowledging only that Kemp “will be certified as victor.”
The 2018 first runner up is running again and is unopposed in Georgia’s Democratic primary. A recent The Hill/Emerson College poll found Abrams trailing Kemp by a 51% to 44% margin. The governor faces a Republican primary challenge by Trump-endorsed former Sen. David Perdue, who also leads Abrams by a 49% to 44% total.
Despite her loss, many supporters credit her with being the impetus for the unlikely Democratic sweep of Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff into Congress. Warnock is currently running for a full term but trails Republican and University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker in polls of likely voters.
DeSantis’ clearly tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek comment still shines the spotlight on stark differences voters will see this fall. Florida is the leader in everything from protecting parental rights concerning their children’s education to opposing draconian and unnecessary mandates during the pandemic. Voters just to the north will decide between a similar path and a leftward lurch led by radicals and progressives.