Roger Stone arrives at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida on February 27, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Roger Stone, a former Trump advisor, is planning to run for the office of Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis.
Stone stated that he could be forced to run for governor if DeSantis doesn't conduct a state vote audit.
Trump won Florida with a comfortable margin in 2020. DeSantis dismissed calls for a formal forensic audit.
Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally, is planning to run for the office of Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis will run if the former does not perform a state vote audit.
"I heard Ron DeSantis, Florida's governor, say that Florida had the best honest election in history in 2020. Yet I am certain there are one million phantom Florida voters." Stone wrote that these "voters" simply don't exist in his Telegram channel, which was sent to around 20,000 subscribers on October 31.
"If Gov. "If Ron DeSantis doesn't order a full audit on the Florida 2020 vote I may have to run for the Libertarian Party nomination as governor in 2022. Stone said that Ron can say goodbye to his arrogant Yalie. #DefendFlorida."
Stone posted separately on Gab on October 31, saying that he might be "forced" to run for the Libertarian party nomination if DeSantis does not investigate his claims of voter fraud. He also added the hashtag #ByeRon to his post.
No evidence has been found of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election. Trump also won Florida in 2020 by a wide margin, defeating Biden 51.2% - 47.9%.
But Trump's win has not stopped Republicans from calling for voter audits. The Lake County Republican Party, a GOP-leaning area near Orlando, approved resolutions calling on all Florida state legislators to complete an audit of the 2020 vote count. Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, has made the absurd claim that Trump won Florida by more than 1.2 million votes and not 360,000 votes.
DeSantis is now in a difficult position due to his push for a "forensic auditor" and a recount of 11.1 million votes. Florida's governor claimed previously that Florida was an example of how states should handle elections ballots.
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"People are looking at Florida and asking themselves why the states can't be more like Florida." "Florida was able to handle eleven million ballots," DeSantis stated during a November news conference. "The way Florida handled it inspires confidence, I believe. That's the way elections should be conducted, I believe."
DeSantis is firm about Florida's integrity vote count.
"What Florida does is that there's an automatic pre- and post-election audit. That has been accomplished. It passed with flying colors as far as how that's heading," DeSantis stated at an event in mid-October according to the Florida local newspaper Sun-Sentinel. DeSantis told the Sun-Sentinel he believed Florida had a "great electoral package" despite requests for a forensic audit.
DeSantis stated his intent to run in the 2022 Florida gubernatorial elections. He has been widely considered a candidate for the GOP presidential ticket in 2024. This is especially true if Trump does not run.
Stone was also convicted of seven felonies in connection with the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in 2016 elections. These included five counts of making false statements before the FBI and Congress investigators, one count witness tampering and one count obstruction of justice.
The former president overturned Stone's sentence last July.
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