Florida Republicans Close Ranks With Trump After Capitol Siege

Republicans in Florida are showing no signs of wavering in their support for President Trump even as the national GOP faces a reckoning over the president’s future role in the party.

All but five of the 18 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation voted to object to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, while none of its GOP House members voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday for his role in inciting the riots at the Capitol.

“When you take into account that Trump did better in 2020 than he did in 2016, you have to realize that Florida Republicans walk in lock step with the president,” Ford O’Connell, a Naples, Fla.-based GOP strategist, said.

Several Florida Republicans acknowledged that the soon-to-be-former president’s proximity could make it difficult to distance themselves from him politically.

“Him being here is only going to strengthen that resolve among Florida voters,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Max Greenwood at The Hill

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