DeSantis Emerges as Top Contender for 2024 Republican Presidential Nomination Race

The upcoming 2024 Republican presidential nomination race is already heating up, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerging as a top contender. In a recent poll from Echelon Insights, a GOP polling firm, Trump is trouncing DeSantis by 15 points after only leading by 2 points in January.[0] In the latest Fox News poll, Republican primary voters indicated their preference for Trump over DeSantis with a 43% to 28% margin.[1]

DeSantis was long thought to be the main challenger to Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, and a recent University of New Hampshire poll found DeSantis held a 42 percent to 30 percent lead over Trump among Republicans in that state.[2] However, DeSantis has yet to confirm his bid for the White House in 2024.[3]

DeSantis recently took a shot at California’s Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom, for being “preoccupied” with DeSantis and Florida.[4] He then traveled to California, where he’ll appear at the Reagan Library and deliver a speech at a fundraiser for the Orange County Republican Party.[4]

In his address to potential financial backers, DeSantis showcased his policy victories in Florida as a roadmap for the entire nation. He also insisted that Republicans need to not shy away from fights with the media and the Left, even if they are called names.[5]

DeSantis has long been a media target, yet he continues to rail against the “legacy media” and brands them as the “pretorian guard of the nation’s failed ruling class”.[6] He also praises Trump for ‘enhancing his name recognition’ in a new book.[3]

Although DeSantis has not confirmed his bid for the White House in 2024, his recent actions suggest he is kicking off the 2024 presidential campaign with a slow burn.[7] With his strong polling numbers and his media savvy, DeSantis is set to be a major player in the upcoming nomination race.

0. “DeSantis readies de facto presidential campaign with national book tour” Axios, 28 Feb. 2023,

1. “Can Ron DeSantis beat Donald Trump in GOP’s 2024 race? No.” USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023,

2. “Ron DeSantis ‘Will Destroy Our Democracy,’ Says Fascism Expert” Newsweek, 27 Feb. 2023,

3. ““The 2024 Dry Ron.”” Crooked, 28 Feb. 2023,

4. “Ron DeSantis knocks Republicans who act ‘like potted plants’ in remarks to GOP donors” CNN, 3 Mar. 2023,

5. “DeSantis, addressing top donors, chastises Republicans who act like ‘potted plants’ in ‘woke ideology’ fight” Yahoo Life, 3 Mar. 2023,

6. “Opinion: Ron DeSantis’ new book offers a powerful warning to the US electorate” CNN, 1 Mar. 2023,

7. “It might not be obvious, but Ron DeSantis just soft launched his 2024 presidential campaign” The Boston Globe, 1 Mar. 2023,

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