Find out who won Florida’s election for Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture and Chief Financial Officer
TAMPA — Florida’s cabinet returned to an all-Republican formation on Tuesday as incumbent Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson was elected Agriculture Commissioner and Attorney General Ashley Moody and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis won a second. mandate.
The three Republicans were expected to win, as they dominated fundraising and the state Democratic Party was not focused on races. Simpson defeated Naomi Blemur, while Moody defeated Aramis Ayala and Patronis defeated Adam Hattersley.
“It’s very important to remember that through all of this, these exciting times, through all of the pundits, the noise and the acrimony, the advertisements and the propaganda, we are choosing people we trust to govern in the name of us, the people,” Moody told supporters Tuesday night just before polls closed.
The candidates did not debate during the races, which were overshadowed by campaigns for governorship and a seat in the US Senate.
Simpson, who served as Senate president for the past two years and whose business interests include an egg farm in Trilby, will replace Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in January, who unsuccessfully attempted the Democratic nomination for the post. governor this year.
“Floridians have shown the rest of the country that common sense is bipartisan in a staggering rejection of socialism, awakened the ideology and economic ignorance coming out of Washington and embraced by so many politicians who despise, instead of elevate the people we serve,” Simpson said in a statement prepared Tuesday evening.
The Cabinet was all-Republican from 2011 to 2019, teaming up with the then Governor. Rick Scott.
Fried, however, was elected in 2018. After taking office in January 2019, she regularly battled with Governor Ron DeSantis. She was the only Democrat elected statewide.
Simpson said he would use the Cabinet position to bring a “strong voice, where we don’t hear each other”.
By 9 p.m., Moody had won 60 percent of the vote in his race, while Patronis and Simpson were each at about 59 percent, according to the state’s Division of Elections website.
Republicans have each won support from DeSantis and former President Donald Trump. The Democrats, meanwhile, had little money and relatively little visibility.
Blemur, a Miami native and the first Haitian-American to be a major party candidate for a Cabinet seat, lost party support just before the August primary election due to past comments on social media opposing the government. abortion and considered homophobic.
She sent an email on October 28 criticizing the treatment she received from party leaders.
“Despite the support of more than 50% of registered Democratic voters in the State of Florida (in the primary), there are those within the party who still refuse to recognize me as the legitimate candidate or to provide my campaign with the support generously extended to other party candidates,” Blemur said in a statement.
Ayala became the state’s first elected black prosecutor in 2016, winning the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties. Hattersley is a former Hillsborough County State Representative.