Ron DeSantis, Trump’s No. 1 GOP Rival, Flexes His Fundraising Muscles

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has reportedly raised more than $100 million for his Florida gubernatorial campaign—all through donations.

According to data filed with Florida’s Secretary of State, between January 1, 2021 and December 31 of the same year, DeSantis received a total of $109.869 million—with $6,600 million of total contributions coming from the Republican Governors Association alone, and $5 million from Kenneth C. Griffin.

The Sunshine State’s governor’s ability to raise such a huge amount—through both major donors and grassroots voters across all states—has likely made him Trump’s number one challenger to the role of GOP presidential nominee in the 2024 election. .

Ron DeSantis arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 24, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. DeSantis has received a donation of more than $100 million to support his efforts to be re-elected in Florida.
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By comparison, former President Donald Trump raised $51 million in the last six months of 2021—down from $82 million in the first half of the year—and currently has $122 million on hand.

Even more significant is that many of DeSantis’s funders are former Trump supporters, including Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, WeatherTech CEO David McNeil, and billionaires Richard and Elizabeth Uehlin.

DeSantis’ popularity has grown since her election in 2019, thanks to her approach to the pandemic – opposing sanctions – and controversial laws like the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, limiting gender and sexual orientation to teachers from kindergarten to third grade. stop talking about it. His disciples.

“He’s a powerful candidate, one he’s tested in Florida, and one carefully crafted to appeal to GOP primary and caucus voters,” said Nigel Bowles, of the University of Oxford, UK. newsweek,

While clearly the ability to raise funds is key to presenting himself as a strong presidential candidate, this skill alone does not ensure a successful candidate within the party.

“A cautionary note on their financial strength is that abundant resources ensure attention, but do not guarantee votes,” Bowles says.

“John Connelly [former governor of Texas]A more experienced and perhaps more capable politician than DeSantis, he raised and spent $11 million on his 14-month campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but only after receiving the commitment of a GOP convention delegate in the primaries. moved away.”

Trump himself told Washington Post Last week that he didn’t believe DeSantis would run against him as a candidate. He said the same thing about Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo.

“If I ran, I can’t imagine that they would want to run,” Trump said. “Loyalty would have been difficult for some people to walk. I think most of them, and almost every name you mention, is because of me.

“In some respects, because I supported and supported him. You know, Ron was at 3 percent, and the day I backed him, he won the race,” Trump replied to the newspaper reporter whether he DeSantis is “made”.

None of the three Republicans has officially ruled out running as a presidential contender. Former Secretary of State Pompeo told Fox News reporters that his family “make their own decisions.”

DeSantis has been endorsed by many Republican voters, with supporters on Twitter rallied around the hashtag #DeSantis2024, some calling the Florida governor “OG MAGA” and others saying it is “time to move on” from Trump.

Thomas Gift, director of the Center on US Politics at University College London, told Greeley Tribune: “At this point, Ron DeSantis seems like the most likely alternative to Trump as the GOP presidential candidate—but the operative word is ‘alternative. “

“Trump is still considered the prohibitive favorite if he throws his hat in the ring in 2024, and any primary that pits DeSantis against Trump pits David against Goliath.

“There’s a good case to be made, though, as DeSantis would make a really strong candidate in a general election. A ‘Trump-like’ candidate without all the Trump stuff, DeSantis would still be able to energize the Republican base, and with moderates.” And potentially more crossover appeal among swing voters,” Gift says.

A poll conducted by Politico and released in March showed that a staggering 56 percent of Republican voters would support Trump’s candidacy in 2024, while only 13 percent supported DeSantis’ candidacy.

27 percent of Republican voters want Trump to name DeSantis as their vice president.

DeSantis told Fox News that the White House race “isn’t something I’m planning.”

newsweek DeSantis has been reached for comment.

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Former President Donald Trump greets Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally at Hertz Arena on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida. Trump told the Washington Post last week that he “made” DeSantis out of favor in 2018 by supporting him.
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