Ron DeSantis’ advisors are actively preparing for a presidential election in 2024, and his team has already identified hiring in key primary states, according to insiders.
Florida’s governor has yet to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election, but — after a triumphant performance in the midterms — it’s widely believed he’s gearing up for a White House run.
Now, two Republicans with knowledge of such talks have told the Washington Post his team recently met to discuss the election.
It has also been revealed that the DeSantis policy team has identified several potential hires in early primary states, including New Hampshire and Iowa.
Recent polls have shown that DeSantis, believed to be Donald Trump’s main rival for the GOP nomination, is overtaking the former president.
Polls have also shown that DeSantis would defeat President Joe Biden if the election happened today.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ advisors are actively preparing for the 2024 White House run – and his team has already identified potential hires in the primary states
Florida’s governor has yet to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election, but it’s widely believed he’s preparing for a White House campaign. Pictured: DeSantis with his family after being inaugurated for his second term during an inauguration ceremony in January 2023
One of the Republicans with knowledge of the talks told the Washington Post that Phil Cox and Generra Peck are involved in ongoing 2024 talks.
Both were two key members on DeSantis’ 2022 re-election team who are expected to play a crucial role in the governor’s presidential election — should that happen.
DeSantis was praised for his November campaign for re-election as governor, which won voters even in Democratic strongholds like Miami.
He is thought to likely announce his candidacy this spring but has said little about his plans for 2024 and avoided questions about running.
Biden, meanwhile, is said to be very serious about a chance for a second term – despite being the oldest person to have ever lived in the White House at 80. Trump is the second oldest person ever to be sworn in as President.
Trump announced his plans to run again in 2024 shortly after the midterms last November. It’s hitting the road this weekend with scheduled stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Among others expected to be in contention for the GOP nomination are South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
According to a poll, DeSantis would defeat Biden if the presidential election were held this month
Polls have shown that DeSantis, who is considered Trump’s main competitor for the GOP nomination, is ahead of the former president
Generra Peck (left) and Phil Cox (right), who were two key members of DeSantis’ 2022 re-election team, are reportedly involved in ongoing 2024 talks and are expected to play a pivotal role in the governor’s presidential election — if that happens
DeSantis is supported by both his youth and being a fresh face on the national political scene.
He is widely seen as embodying many of the right-wing policies that have made Trump so popular, but without the president’s erratic and divisive behavior that has alienated independent voters as well as small-C conservatives.
Both Biden and Trump are now being investigated by special counsel for their handling of classified information, and Trump, who had hidden more than 300 documents in Mar-a-Lago and kept them for months, could be charged.
Trump’s continued influence on many other GOP members is believed to be the main reason no one has dared to announce their own campaign for the Republican nomination.
Former President Donald Trump attended his first high-profile campaign events on Saturday, with stops in early primary contender states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. Pictured: Trump announced his third consecutive bid for the White House on Nov. 15 in Mar-a-Lago
Trump could enlist some legitimate key challengers from South Carolina, as former state governor Nikki Haley (left), who also served under Trump as US ambassador to the United Nations, and junior Republican senator Tim Scott (right) are named as potential 2024 candidates became candidates
New Hampshire and South Carolina are both key states for politicians looking to win that party’s nomination for president — and are among the states politicians go to when they campaign every four years.
The first state to hold a primary is the Iowa primary, followed by the New Hampshire primary, the South Carolina primary, and another Nevada primary.
All four states are closely monitored and serve as indicators of how well a primary candidate may do in the rest of the nation.
In 2020, President Joe Biden fared poorly in crowded Democratic primary races in both New Hampshire and Iowa, but later gained ground in South Carolina when Rep. Jim Clybrun threw his support behind the incumbent president.
Despite Trump winning South Carolina by 14.9 percent against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and by 11.7 points in the General Electron against Biden in 2020, support for the former president appears to be waning.
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 someone else to win the seat.
Additionally, a head-to-head match with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis showed Trump losing by nearly 20 points.