This is Florida, assume nothing

In a state where Democrats suffered a shellacking last week, it’s easy to make assumptions about the 2022 election cycle.

But this being Florida, it’s wise never to assume anything.

There was much speculation about what the results of the 2020 presidential election would mean for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection prospects. As the thinking went, removing President Donald Trump from office might have been the best thing for him, even if he was one of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

After all, two years is a long time; voters could easily forget DeSantis’ allegiance to Trump’s botched COVID-19 strategies.

Then again, don’t assume his reelection will now be a breeze.

COVID-19 is still raging, with new cases increasing almost daily. A vaccine is on the way, but it’s not here yet. Once one is ready, it could take months to be readily available to all. That leaves a lot of time for voters to continue having the pandemic top of mind while they consider future political decisions.

Let’s also not assume voters will forget the DeSantis-Trump bromance. After the major networks called the election for now-President-elect Joe Biden, DeSantis was quick to hop on the Trump

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