(CNSNews.com) - "We offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead," said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday night, after he easily won re-election, defeating Democrat Charlie Crist 59.4 percent to 40 percent.
In a rousing victory speech, DeSantis hailed Florida as "a refuge of sanity when the world went mad" and "the citadel of freedom for people across this country and indeed across the world."
“Florida is where woke goes to die," he said.
At the very end of his speech, DeSantis hinted at political battles yet to come: "We have accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago, but we have got so much more to do, and I have only begun to fight."
Here are some excerpts from his speech:
“States and cities governed by leftist politicians have seen crime skyrocket. They've seen their taxpayers abused. They've seen medical authoritarianism imposed and they’ve seen American principles discarded.
“The woke agenda has cause millions of Americans to leave these jurisdictions for greener pastures. Now this great exodus of Americans, for those folks, Florida, for so many of them, has served as the promised land. We – we have embraced freedom. We have maintained law and order. We have predicted the rights of parents.
“We have respected our taxpayers, and we reject woke ideology. We fight the woke in the legislature; we fight the woke in the schools; we fight the woke in the corporations. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die."
'Ray of hope'
“People have come here because our policies work. Leadership matters. We refuse to use polls and put our finger in the wind. Leaders don’t follow, they lead. We set out a vision, we executed on that vision, and we produced historic results. And the people of this state have responded in record fashion.
“While our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track. I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles. Florida has proved that it can be done.
“We offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead. I am proud of our achievements in this state, I'm honored by your support, and I look forward to the road ahead.
“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race in this first term, and I have kept the faith. We have accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago, but we have got so much more to do, and I have only begun to fight.”