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Ron DeSantis sworn in as governor of Florida for a second term

Ceremony was Tuesday at capitol
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Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-03 17:59:55-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn in to a second term as he considers a potential run for president in 2024.

The ceremony took place Tuesday after Florida’s three independently election Cabinet members were sworn in.

Also sworn in were Jeanette Nuñez as lieutenant governor, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture-Elect Wilton Simpson; all are Republicans.

DeSantis took his oath in front of the state’s historic Capitol, where the main street through the city was renamed Ron DeSantis Way for the day.

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A street sign with the name of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hangs in front of the Old Capitol as preparations are underway for the inauguration of the governor, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tallahassee, Fla. DeSantis will be sworn in for his second term as Florida Governor Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The ceremony began at 11 a.m. at the Florida capitol and ended just before noon.

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According to the Florida Division of Elections website, DeSantis, a Republican, won reelection in a four-candidate field Nov. 8, 2022. DeSantis defeated his nearest competitor in Democratic candidate Charlie Crist by more than 1.5 million votes.

DeSantis along with Nuñez garnered 4,614,210 votes (59.37%), Crist and his running mate for lieutenant governor Karla Hernández-Mats were second with 3,106,313 (39.97%).

The Libertarian Party candidate Hector Roos and no party affiliation candidate Carmen Gimenez combined garnered less than 1% of the vote.

A total of 7,771,399 registered voters in Florida voted in the 2022 general election for governor.

DeSantis was first elected governor of Florida in 2018 and defeated his nearest challenger Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum by just more than 32,000 votes.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.