President Donald Trump is crushing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the endorsement battle in the Sunshine State.
According to Fox Business, Trump has been endorsed by at least 11 House Republicans in Florida. DeSantis, on the other hand, who is not yet a candidate, has been endorsed by only one.
The endorsement battle matters. As reported by FiveThirtyEight:
“Historically, endorsements have proven pretty predictive of who wins presidential nominating contests. Since the modern primary era began in 1972, there have been 17 Democratic or Republican primary fights that did not feature an incumbent president. The candidate with the most endorsement points3 on the day before the Iowa caucuses won 11.”
According to Reuters, Ford O’Connell, a Republican consultant who was a Trump campaign surrogate in 2020, recently said, “When your calling card is Florida and folks in your own backyard defect that is never a good sign. “They have the DeSantis campaign in a vulnerable position.”
Not only is Trump winning the endorsement battle in Florida (and nationally), but he is also leading all current and potential candidates. According to a new survey by Emerson College, Trump garnered 62 percent support from Republican primary voters while DeSantis, his toughest potential challenger, garnered only 16 percent.
While DeSantis has not yet officially entered the race, reports suggest that he will possibly do so in mid-June.
The first GOP debate for the primary presidential race will take place sometime in August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point, and has appeared on Newsmax, The Jenna Ellis Show, Steadfast and Loyal Podcast with Allen West, The Dave Weinbaum Show, and Real America’s Voice. The views expressed herein are the author’s own and do not constitute legal advice.