Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s campaign has not played out like supporters thought.
DeSantis continues to fall back in the polls and his fundraising fell short leading to the campaign firing staffers.
And now Ron DeSantis got a brutal reality check after this top ally flipped on him.
More bad polling news continues to roll in for DeSantis.
A new Kaplan Strategies poll shows DeSantis trailing Donald Trump by 36 points.
But DeSantis’s deficit to Trump was not the flashing red warning light to DeSantis allies.
The real trouble came from the fact that entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy tied DeSantis for second place at 12 percent.
2024 National Republican Primary
• Trump — 48% (+36)
• Ramaswamy — 12%
• DeSantis — 12%
• Christie — 5%
• Scott — 5%
• Pence — 4%
• Haley — 3%
• Hutchinson — 1%
• Undecided — 10%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) July 20, 2023
The Republican establishment would like to see DeSantis defeat Trump.
And there is no one in the GOP establishment who did more to push DeSantis over the course of the last year than Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch also owns the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.
DeSantis and his team know the campaign is in trouble when Murdoch outlets begin sounding alarm bells.
Fox Business host Larry Kudlow and his panel all fretted over the fact that the Kaplan poll showed DeSantis stalled at Ramaswamy gaining ground.
New York Post reporter Jon Levine even went so far as to compare Ramaswamy to Pete Buttigieg saying that Ramaswamy burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced millennial with a new message that voters had not seen before.
“He’s like the Mayor Pete of this race I think right now,” Levine stated. “I think a lot of voters are looking at this race thinking there’s a lot of yesterday’s news in this race – people like Chris Christie and Mike Pence. And Ramaswamy is someone that offers voters something new.”
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich was blunter saying the fact that DeSantis – who likes to boast that he would have the resources to wage a national campaign against Donald Trump – was forced to reboot his campaign and fend off a surge from Ramaswamy was a sign of massive trouble.
“It has to be bad for the DeSantis campaign, who’s looking at all the resources, all the money they’ve spent,” Pavlich added. “They’re trying to regroup their campaign, and to have Ramaswamy – who has no political experience – come in and be tied, it’s not good for them.”
Other polls show how far DeSantis has fallen.
DeSantis entered the race to be the top alternative to Donald Trump.
But a recent Harvard/Harris poll found DeSantis sinking 12 points as the second choice for Republican voters.
The Republicans dropping DeSantis as their number-two pick all moved to Ramaswamy.
Harvard/Harris: Second GOP Primary choice (without Trump)
DeSantis 29% (-12 from June)
Ramaswamy 19% (+12)
Pence 13% (-2)
Scott 5% (-1)
Haley 5% (-2)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) July 21, 2023
The Iowa Caucuses are in six months.
It seems like there is a lot of time remaining for DeSantis to make up ground.
But this race is different as Donald Trump is running as a quasi-incumbent president.
And it’s getting late early.
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