Ashley Moody cruises to re-election in Attorney General race

by | Nov 8, 2022

 

  • Incumbent Attorney General Ashley Moody handily won re-election over Democrat challenger Aramis Ayala 
  • Moody held just under 58 percent of the vote when the race was called, just over an hour after polls closed 
  • Moody held strong endorsements from police groups as well as the Florida Chamber of Commerce 

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody bested Democrat challenger Aramis Ayala to retain her position in the Floridian Cabinet.

Moody garnered 57.9 percent of the vote, compared to the 42.1 percent gained by Ayala. Through her campaign, Moody’s re-election was never considered to be in jeopardy, vastly out-fundraising Ayala and carrying national momentum.

“I am honored to represent all Floridians who believe, as I do, that we deserve to live in a state where we back our men and women in blue and hold accountable those who prey on our most vulnerable, whether through human and drug trafficking, or senior scams and other fraudulent practices, said Moody. “These priorities will remain in sharp focus throughout my second term as your Attorney General, along with fighting against federal overreach, protecting our borders, combatting the fentanyl epidemic, and working toward a stronger, safer Florida. Thank you for the honor of serving Florida families, and those who call the Sunshine State home.”

Moody carried strong endorsements through her campaign, including the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, Florida Police Benevolent Association, and Florida Police Chiefs Association. The support from the police trio came as Moody earned endorsements from 64 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs.

Moody also picked up an endorsement from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

First elected as Florida’s 38th Attorney General in 2018, Moody notably spearheaded a statewide and national campaign to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.

A bipartisan coalition of 18 state Attorneys General led by Moody collectively wrote to President Joe Biden this summer to request a declaration of fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.

Moody also led litigation against Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of pharmaceutical chain Walgreens, ultimately reaching a $683 million settlement with the state of Florida to resolve claims that the pharmacy chain exacerbated an opioid epidemic in the state.

The state also reached more than $878 million worth of settlements with CVS Health Corp and three drug companies — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Allergan PLC, and Endo International Plc — to resolve claims over their roles in fueling an opioid epidemic within the state.

In her victory speech, Moody touted ongoing preventative efforts to continue through her second term.

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