DeSantis advisers are actively preparing 2024 presidential run
Advisers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are actively preparing for a 2024 presidential run – and his team has already identified potential hires in key primary states.
The Florida governor is yet to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election, but following a triumphant performance in the midterms, he is widely believed to be preparing for a White House campaign.
Now, two Republicans with knowledge of such conversations have told the Washington Post that DeSantis’ advisers met recently to discuss the election.
It was also revealed that the governor’s political team has identified multiple potential hires in early primary states including New Hampshire and Iowa.
Recent polling has shown DeSantis, who is considered Donald Trump’s main rival for the GOP nomination, pulling ahead of the former president. Polls have also shown that DeSantis would defeat President Joe Biden if the election was held today.
Advisers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are actively preparing 2024 run for the White House – and his team has already identified potential hires in primary states
The Florida governor is yet to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election, but he is widely believed to be preparing for a White House campaign. Pictured: DeSantis with his family after being sworn in for his second term during an inauguration ceremony in January 2023
One of the Republicans with knowledge of the conversations told the Washington Post that Phil Cox and Generra Peck are involved in ongoing talks about 2024.
Both were two key members in DeSantis’s 2022 reelection team are expected to play critical roles in the governor’s presidential run – if that should happen.
DeSantis has won praise for his November campaign for re-election as governor, which saw him win over voters even in Democrat strongholds such as Miami.
He is thought likely to announce his candidacy this spring, but has said little about his 2024 plans and has avoided questions about running.
Biden, meanwhile, is said by aides to be very seriously considering a shot at a second term – despite him being, at 80, the oldest person to ever inhabit the White House. Trump is the second oldest person ever inaugurated as president.
Trump announced his plans to run again in 2024 shortly after last November’s mid-terms. He is hitting the trail this weekend with planned stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Among others expected to fight for the GOP nomination are South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
DeSantis would defeat Biden if the presidential election was held this month, according to poll
Polling has shown DeSantis, who is considered Trump’s main rival for the GOP nomination, pulling ahead of the former president
Generra Peck (left) and Phil Cox (right) who were two key members in DeSantis’s 2022 reelection team, are reportedly involved in ongoing talks about 2024 are expected to play critical roles in the governor’s presidential run – if that should happen
DeSantis is helped by both his youth and by being a fresh face on the national political scene.
He is widely seen as embodying many of the right wing policies that made Trump so popular, but without the president’s erratic and divisive behavior that alienated independent voters, as well as small-c conservatives.
Both Biden and Trump are now being investigated by special counsels for their handling of classified material, and Trump, who had more than 300 documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago and held onto them for months, could face charges.
Trump’s continued hold over many other GOP members is seen as the key reason why no-one has dared announce their own campaign for the Republican nomination.
Former President Donald Trump engaged in his first high-profile campaign events Saturday with a stop in early primary contest states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. Pictured: Trump announced in Mar-a-Lago on Nov 15 his third consecutive bid for the White House
Trump could pick up some legitimate primary challengers from South Carolina as the state’s Former Governor Nikki Haley (left), who also served under Trump as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Republican junior Senator Tim Scott (right) have been named as potential 2024 candidates
New Hampshire and South Carolina are both key states for those politicians looking to clinch that party’s nomination for president – and are among the states where politicians head when they kick off their campaigns every four years.
The first-in-the-nation state where a primary contest is held is the Iowa caucuses, followed by the primary election in New Hampshire, the elections in South Carolina and then another caucus in Nevada.
All four states are closely-watched and serve as indicators of how well a primary candidate may fare in the rest of the nation.
In 2020, President Joe Biden performed poorly in the crowded Democratic primary race in both New Hampshire and Iowa, but was later able to gain ground in South Carolina when Representative Jim Clybrun threw his backing behind the now-president.
Despite Trump winning South Carolina by 14.9 percent to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and by 11.7 points in the general electron against Biden in 2020, it appears support for the former president is dropping.
A South Carolina Policy Council poll released this week shows that 37 percent of Republican voters in the state want to see Trump as the GOP nominee compared to the 47 percent who want to see someone else win the spot.
Additionally, a head-to-head matchup with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis showed Trump losing by nearly 20 points.