DeSantis is working hard to catch Trump for first place in the Republican primary. But now he’s in danger of falling behind even more.
And Ron DeSantis is blindsided after being backstabbed by a top Republican.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ polling numbers are not looking good heading into the Iowa caucuses in early 2024.
According to national polling from FiveThirtyEight, DeSantis is in second place, but sits at 12.9%.
Former President Donald Trump is in first place and sits at 59.3%.
To make matters worse for DeSantis, Trump just received an endorsement from Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) on Thursday.
Scott believes that it’s time for Republicans to “come together” and support Donald Trump, so President Biden doesn’t win a second term, therefore destroying the country further.
In the op-ed Sen. Scott wrote where he endorsed Trump, he added that the other Republicans in the race for president, including DeSantis, would be a better choice than Biden.
But ultimately he decided on his support for Trump, saying “…I support my friend President Donald J. Trump to be the 47th president of the United States and encourage every Republican to unite behind his efforts to win back the White House.”
“It’s time for the Republican Party to come together, behind one candidate, and declare with one voice that we are united in our efforts to defeat Joe Biden and rescue America.”
I’m proud to endorse @realDonaldTrump.
It’s time for the Republican Party to come together, behind one candidate, and declare with one voice that we are united in our efforts to defeat Joe Biden and rescue America.https://t.co/HtaAtG6Biu
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 2, 2023
Back in 2016, Scott didn’t endorse Donald Trump until after the Florida primary.
So the timing of this endorsement comes as a bit of a surprise due to how early it was announced.
Scott and Trump reportedly have a good relationship, but the senator and DeSantis’ relationship is considered “strained,” according to The Messenger.
Still, though, an endorsement from a Republican senator in the state in which DeSantis is the governor of, would likely give him a much-needed boost in the polls.
But that doesn’t mean Governor DeSantis is going to keel over and drop out of the race.
He’s still got plenty of time to try and catch Donald Trump while also holding off other Republican contenders like former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Not a single vote has yet to be cast in the Republican primaries, meaning it’s still anyone’s game for now.
And Ron DeSantis is certainly aware of that as he works to build momentum for his campaign.
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