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During the 2022 midterm elections, Governors who bucked the national trend and stood unbowed under enormous pressure to submit and comply with extended COVID-19 lockdowns and reopened quickly were rewarded with reelection margins that revealed their utter dominance.

The election that took place on Nov 8 is largely unfinished in many states as of this writing, but already several gubernatorial races have shown a clear preference for the conservatives who were subjected to almost two years of the most scathing mainstream media criticism ever seen.

Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Kim Reynolds of Iowa and Jared Polis of Colorado all won readily apparent reelections according to The Epoch Times, with a staggering average of 18.1 percentage points.

The 2022 midterm results stand in stark contrast to the prior performance of the five governors with an average margin of 3.7 points according to the Times.

The two top standouts of the race were DeSantis and Noem who garnered utterly dominant re-election margins of 19.4 percentage points and an astounding 27 points respectively.

“Our economy kept going,” DeSantis said in a 2021 interview with the Times. “It was much different than what you saw in some of those lockdown states.”

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During his victory speech, DeSantis made national headlines when he declared that Florida is “Where woke goes to die.”

“We fight the woke in the legislature,” he said in his speech. “We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die.”

“COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy,” Noem told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida to thunderous applause that presaged the election result.

“Just as quickly, government turned around and held itself out as the savior, and frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’s wishes. But not everyone has followed this path.”

During her victory speech Noem excoriated the Biden administration, Democrat leaders, and lockdowns.

“In South Dakota we found the opportunity in a very difficult time of crisis. We could have done what every single other state did. We could have fallen in line. That would have been the easy choice to make. Other governors in the country were making that choice,” Noem told her cheering supporters.

She continued, “But my Dad always said we don’t complain about things we fix them. We could have complained about the difficult choices that were in front of us and frankly it would have been easier to complain; to follow the pack, to do what everybody else was doing, to live in fear, to shut down our states and our communities. But instead we got to work.”