Florida Governor Ron DeSantis couldn’t carry his chosen candidate to victory in a pivotal election, but former President Donald Trump saw more success in last’s night key primaries.
In a huge upset for Republicans, Democrats are projected to flip control of the mayor’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. The city was the largest in the country with a GOP leader, according to mainstream news sources, as well as the largest city in Florida.
Democrat Donna Deegan defeated DeSantis-endorsed Daniel Davis to succeed term-limited Republican Mayor Lenny Curry.
It’s an alarming upset for Republicans in the state, as Curry was reelected in 2019 with a comfortable majority of the vote.
Deegan is a former television anchor and participated in various Black Lives Matters protests. The local sheriff said she would promote “radical policies” if elected.
She won the election with 52% to Davis’ 48%.
Trump’s Candidate Delivers
On the other hand, former President Donald Trump endorsed State Attorney General Daniel Cameron for Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary.
Cameron, a black Republican who gave a notoriously rousing speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, is projected to win by the Associated Press.
In his victory speech, Cameron referenced recent comments by DeSantis about the GOP’s “culture of losing”, an attack on Trump’s fixation with the 2020 election results.
“The Trump culture of winning is alive and well in Kentucky,” Cameron said to begin his speech.
The speech was reminiscent of his RNC speech, where he addressed Joe Biden’s remarks about black Republicans.
“I think about Joe Biden, who says, ‘If you aren’t voting for me, you ain’t Black,’ who argued that Republicans would put us back in chains, who said there is no diversity of thought in the Black community,” said Cameron at the time.
“Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am Black; we are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own.”
The race also reflected a loss for DeSantis, who jumped in with a last minute endorsement for Kelly Craft, who finished a distant third.