Billionaire Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, disclosed early Wednesday that he voted for a Republican this year, for the first time in his life.
Better yet, Musk revealed he is currently leaning toward supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis has not declared his candidacy, but most political observers believe he will run.
What did Musk say?
Musk’s disclosure came in response to news that Mayra Flores (R) had won the special election for Texas’ 34th congressional district.
Not only did Musk reveal that he, in fact, voted for Flores, but Musk also predicted a “red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections.
“I voted for Mayra Flores — first time I ever voted Republican,” Musk said. “Massive red wave in 2022.”
That means Musk participated in the historic election of Flores, whose victory flipped a region of south Texas that Democrats had controlled since the 19th century. Flores is the first Mexican-born woman to win election to Congress, and her victory suggests the predicted “red wave” may grow into a red tsunami come November.
Musk was able to vote in the election because he is, in fact, a resident of Texas.
Musk confirmed in 2020 that he had moved to the Lone Star State from California. Tesla later moved its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas. Musk is highly critical of government regulations that stifle business and the exorbitant costs of living, two unfortunate aspects of living and operating in California.
Meanwhile, Musk told a Twitter user who inquired about his 2024 presidential preference that he is leaning toward supporting DeSantis.
Previously, Musk supported Democrat Andrew Yang, but Musk said Wednesday that “DeSantis has a better chance of winning.”
Just last month, Musk disclosed that he had been a lifelong Democrat who is now considering voting for Republicans.
“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Overwhelmingly. Like, I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election I will,” Musk said.