MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Even in the midst of a pandemic, politics are on the line with plenty to watch here in South Florida.
Former President Donald Trump dominated this weekend’s Conservative political action conference, making it clear that he is not going anywhere.
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“He’s committed to helping us regain majorities in 2022, which of course I’m focusing on right now,” said Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee. “We are a few seats away from resuming the House. We won that last election and one seat before taking over the Senate.
In Florida, US Senator Marco Rubio is re-elected in 2022, with Rick Scott in 2024.
The entire South Florida congressional delegation will be on the ballot next year.
“When you bring Trump in, who knows what’s going to happen because Trump changes everything,” NSU Professor Charles Zelden said.
Zelden said Trump could have an impact on what happens in South Florida.
“If Republicans bomb in 2022, Trump is out for 2024. If they take the House and the Senate, it increases the likelihood that Trump can claim credit and run in 2024,” he said.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump supporter, could be a wild card. He leapt into CPAC’s straw ballot for president, winning 43% of the vote while Trump was not on the ballot.
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