Gamblers increasingly like Ron DeSantis’ White House chances

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Is 'America's Governor' a good bet for the presidency?

Is Ron DeSantis a good bet for to win the presidency in 2024?

Florida’s Governor continues to be seen as a top-tier presidential candidate in 2024. And the smart money is starting to take notice.

One bookie notes that betting has surged in recent days, with “some early interest as a new burst of support arrived this week for Ron DeSantis.”

“The Florida Republican is starting to move up the race to be elected President in 2024 with BoyleSports trimming his odds into 10/1 from 16/1 following strong backing. DeSantis is among several figures mentioned as possible 2024 Republican candidates and has seen his odds of contesting the election cut into 9/2 from 11/2,” a media release asserts.

Only former President Donald Trump is more likely to win the Republican nomination, according to BoyleSports’ current odds. DeSantis is ahead of other potential candidates, such as former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former First Daughter Ivanka Trump, talk show host Tucker Carlson, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. And DeSantis is also ahead of the only other Florida Man on the board: Sen. Marco Rubio, who has 25/1 odds to be the GOP nominee.

The bookie expects more movement.

Punters are starting to abandon the idea of Donald Trump returning to the White House in 2024, and his odds have been eased out to 7/1 from 9/2 as a result,” said Sarah Kinsella, a spokesperson for BoyleSports. “Instead, support is starting to gather for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has moved into 9/2 from 11/2 to win the Republican race and 10/1 from 16/1 to be elected President.”

The “Trump, then DeSantis” motif prevails in prediction markets also. PredictIt has DeSantis only behind the former President there also on the GOP side.

The buildup from the bookmakers is the latest proof that DeSantis’ media strategy is working. A Fabrizio Lee & Associates poll covered this week by Axios finds that DeSantis has a +54 favorability rating … second in a field of seven names only to +55 for former First Son Donald Trump, Jr.

DeSantis has been coy about 2024 aspirations, telling media he is focused on his reelection, even as he continues to travel the country auditioning for audiences from coast to coast.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • GD

    July 28, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    DeSantis problem is his covid, anti people not repubs, pro business over people Crist is going to hammer home.
    Fact is DeSantis at near every turn made the virus worse, kill far more people has not been lost on us older voters who vote.
    His dictatorship taking local power away and mandating bad covid rules like cruise ships without vaccine requirements the cruise lines are against.
    Then telling Key West they had to keep huge ships tearing up the reefs by covering it with silt.

    • Tom

      July 28, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      You are unstable.
      DeSantis saved Florida.
      What’s your answer?
      Lockdowns? Schools closed? Businesses shuttered? What do yuh and your Dems Offer.
      Hate that is all.
      DeSantis wins Florida by 55% and everything is avail after.

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