Florida Representative Tops Rubio as Top State Conservative

Gary Cameron / Reuters
Gary Cameron / Reuters

According to the American Conservative Union’s 2014 congressional rankings in Florida, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) is the state’s top conservative, besting Senator Marco Rubio and potential senatorial opponent, Rep. Jeff Miller (R).

DeSantis has recently announced that he will be running in the 2016 Senate race to replace Senator Marco Rubio, who had stated he would not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate if he entered the presidential race, which he already has.

While Rubio comes in second to DeSantis in Florida in the ACU rankings, Rubio (96%) is also second to Senator Ted Cruz (100%) among the three senators who have declared their intentions to run for president in 2016.

Senator Rand Paul is the third declared presidential candidate, and like Rubio, he has also garnered a 96% ACU ranking.

Here are the 2014 ACU rankings for the entire Florida congressional delegation:

DeSantis 100%; Rubio 96%; Miller 92%; Posey 92%; Yoho 80%; Mica 80%; Nugent 80%; Bilirakis 78%; Ross 76%; Rooney 76%; Southerland 72 percent; Webster 72%; Buchanan 71%; Crenshaw 56%; Jolly 55%; Ros-Lehtinen 50%; Diaz-Balart 44%; Grayson 13%; Garcia 12%; Brown 8; Deutch 8; Wilson 8; Castor 4; Murphy 4; Frankel 0; Nelson 0; Wasserman Schultz 0.

Yes, you have read correctly. Liberal Democrat Alan Grayson ranks higher than supposed centrist Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), who has also declared he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.