Ron DeSantis Has a New Problem on His Hands

Ron DeSantis Faces New Pressures To Take on Trump

Ron DeSantis Faces New Pressures To Take on Trump

( – Before the midterm elections, it looked like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) had given up the idea of a presidential run in 2024. Sources said he’d told donors he didn’t plan to challenge former President Donald Trump for the nomination, and had decided he could afford to wait until 2028. Now, with Trump’s credibility among Republicans dented by last week’s election results, attention is back on DeSantis. If the GOP sees him as its best hope of regaining the White House, there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him to reactivate his plans.

Will He Or Won’t He?

By any standard, DeSantis’ first term as Florida’s governor has been a success story. He handled the COVID-19 pandemic well, preserved the state’s economy, protected parental choice in schools, faced down the Disney corporation’s woke agenda, and turned Florida from a swing state to a solid Republican stronghold. Naturally, he’s attracted attention as a potential 2024 presidential candidate.

While Trump started out backing DeSantis, the relationship between them soured as the Florida governor’s profile grew. Now, Trump calls his former protege “DeSanctimonious” and recently threatened to reveal harmful information about him if he seeks the 2024 nomination.

Over the last few months, Trump has dropped increasingly strong hints he plans to announce a 2024 run sometime this coming week. The big event could be linked to reports that DeSantis had decided to put off his own shot at the White House and leave the way clear for Trump to take on the Democrats this time around. However, while the Republicans did make gains in the midterms, candidates Trump had endorsed struggled in some key races. Blake Masters was defeated by incumbent Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in Arizona, while Dr. Mehmet Oz (R) lost the Pennsylvania Senate contest to Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D) — despite Fetterman’s struggles after a serious stroke.

Republicans Reconsider the Options

With the shine coming off Trump after his picked candidates who had lackluster performances in the midterm, many Republicans are now wondering if he’s their best chance for 2024 — some are even blaming him for the weak results.

Right now, the GOP is focused on winning the Georgia runoff between Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Herschel Walker (R) on December 6. Until that’s settled, nobody wants the party to tear itself apart with a fight between Trump and DeSantis. After that, though, Republicans are going to start focusing on 2024 — and a lot of them are going to want the man with the recent track record of wins.

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