There has been speculation that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to run for president in 2014, setting up a potential showing with longtime ally Donald Trump.
While neither the former president nor the governor has formally announced their intentions for the GOP nomination, the two men have long been regarded as the two leading candidates to face off in the Republican primary.
Nearly every poll that says Trump is the most preferred choice to secure the GOP nomination should he decide to run again, something he has been hinting at almost from the moment he stepped down last January.
Recently, Trump shrugged off the prospects of defeating DeSantis in a hypothetical primary election, insisting he is still the biggest name in the GOP.
“I don’t know if Ron is running and I don’t ask him,” Trump said. “It’s their prerogative. I think I’ll win.”
below, newsweek Details five examples of why Trump may not be a guaranteed name on the ballot in 2024 and why he may need to start taking DeSantis more seriously.
DeSantis is already indicating its intention to run
The governor’s name is starting to gain prominence within the GOP outside of Florida, and has been seen at campaign events and fundraisers in Nebraska and South Carolina in recent months.
DeSantis also often invokes himself, and the state of Florida as a whole, as leading figures in a wide range of conservative talking points, whether it’s the response to the coronavirus pandemic or the teaching of important race theory in schools. .
It has been noted that DeSantis is trying to distance himself from Trump for a possible 2024 presidency.
According to a recent Politico report, DeSantis will not seek Trump’s highly sought-after endorsement as Florida’s governor seeks to win re-election in the mid-November term.
Republican figures have also noted that DeSantis may actually be a better candidate than Trump.
Jim Dornan, a veteran GOP strategist who served on Trump’s 2015 search campaign committee, previously said, “In my opinion, DeSantis has a better shot.” Greeley Tribune.
“Trump vs. Biden would be a toss-up-total ‘Hold Your Nose’ contest. DeSantis hasn’t p****d as many people as Trump. He’s mostly personality stuff, without Trump.”
stating the vote to go in favor of DeSantis
While polls have consistently named Trump as the overwhelming favorite to win the GOP nomination, with Florida’s governor in second place, DeSantis’ numbers are beginning to improve.
On Wednesday, an opinion poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed DeSantis narrowly beat Trump in a statewide poll that was 39 percent to 37 percent, though DeSantis’ margin of the survey’s sample error was well within 5.5 percent. was in a way.
The poll assumes significance as DeSantis received only 19 and 18 percent of the support in the previous elections held in July and October 2021.
“Trump’s slippage in pre-primary elections is part of a distinctive pattern,” Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center, said in a statement.
“A party’s losing candidate in a prior election is usually the most famous person in their party. As the primary draws to a close, new candidates emerge and receive more media attention, and therefore losers from the previous election. attracts more voter attention than a candidate with
Ability to acquire a battle chest
Recent funding figures prove DeSantis is holding Trump on how much war chest he can hoard.
In April it was revealed that DeSantis took in another record-breaking month for himself, donating nearly $10.5 million.
April’s total meant that DeSantis managed to raise more than $113 million during his Florida re-election campaign cycle.
DeSantis is now steadily approaching the $122 million war chest the former president has managed to raise nationally through his Super PAC in 2021.
According to former Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, DeSantis’ ability to raise more than $100 million in charity without campaigning nationally shows the governor is “in a new category” with regards to fundraising.
“I think it’s less about fundraising skills and more about the fact that he made this reality in Florida that everyone wants to be part of the freedom that he has created,” Galvano said. Told Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Murdoch Empire Switching Allegiance
as noted by Vanity FairThe highly influential Rupert Murdoch media empire is moving away from Trump and instead urging his readers to support DeSantis.
Torn in two in this month alone New York Post Saying that Republican voters should go ahead with Trump, including former CNN host Piers Morgan, explicitly stated that DeSantis should now lead the party.
an editorial in wall street journal It also said Trump is fully responsible for the January 6 attack and that the committee hearings in the rebellion are “a reminder of the violence and how Trump betrayed his supporters.”
On top of that, DeSantis is already a figure that enjoys consistently positive coverage and support on widely watched conservative channels like Fox News, with no signs it will end anytime soon.
Trump’s Benefits Don’t Exist in 2016
During his first election campaign, Trump framed himself as an outsider to “get out of the swamp” and fight against many established Republican figures.
Although, in 2024, Trump will already be considered an establishment figure in the White House, there is no indication that many candidates will be ready to accept the daunting challenge of going against the former president.
As FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver noted: “It’s still an open question whether Trump would have won the GOP nomination in 2016, had the opposition not been so fragmented, hence the fact that there is a *one* candidate for the next nomination.” The obvious choice has already emerged, DeSantis, potentially making 2024 a different story.”