Gamblers losing confidence in Ron DeSantis ’24
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New polling is scaring bettors.

Supporters may call Ron DeSantis “America’s Governor,” but gamblers increasingly doubt whether America wants him as President.

A press release from the oddsmakers at Boyle Sports sounds a warning about his Republican Primary odds: “Punters Abandon Ron DeSantis White House Bid As Odds Drift To 4/1 From 2/1.”

A spokesperson for Boyle explained the exodus.

“Ron DeSantis has been a very popular feature of our early 2024 betting, but in recent days we’re beginning to notice evidence that opinion is starting to turn. COVID-19 rates in Florida are trending in the wrong direction and with DeSantis eased out to 4/1 from 2/1, punters are now looking at Donald Trump as the most likely Republican candidate.”

Trump is a 6/4 favorite.

The media release notes a turning point came in a recent poll release showing the Sunshine State souring on DeSantis.

“Support for the Florida Governor has started to dry up after a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University suggested 59% of voters in the state were against the idea of him running as President.”

Of the 833 registered Florida voters surveyed, in what was an R+2 poll, 59% do not want DeSantis to run for President. Only 35% back the concept.

Not even all Republicans want to see it. While 67% are open to a President DeSantis, a full 24% aren’t in. A full 61% of independent voters are opposed, also, with just 35% backing a DeSantis 2024 run.

Bookies have waved caution flags for some time, as COVID-19 has bedeviled both messaging and policy from the DeSantis administration.

“DeSantis also faces a difficult battle in the presidential election, as he’s behind Trump in both presidential and Republican nomination markets,” commented a spokesperson from betting aggregators in August.

Polls of potential 2024 Republican Primary fields show Trump as the prohibitive favorite, should he run for President a third time. Up until now, DeSantis has been a reliable second choice. With bettors going cold on DeSantis, it’s worth watching to see if his 2024 Primary polls are next to go in the wrong direction.

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


  • Andrew Finn

    September 1, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Best news I have seen about Emperor DeSantis in months. People are finally seeing how miserable a job he is doing in Florida and don’t want that jackass anywhere near the White House. If he keeps going like he is, he is liable to turn a lot of “old time Republicans” into “Brand New Democrats” here in Florida, and the GOP needs Florida for a win in 2024.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 1, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      I’ll take that jackass over the current jackass and the vice jackass any day.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Um your boy the senile one is single handily recruiting new members to the Republican Party. The campaign commercials will be very entertaining as they will certainly show the Southern Border debacle, the rising cost of commodities and the complete mismanagement of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Then that moment of the old man looking at his watch while he receives the remains of the US service members. Oh Joe will keep Florida red and I can assure you know no one on the Republican side will cross to the Democratic side especially with this eight month disaster so far.

      • Frankie M.

        September 1, 2021 at 10:51 pm

        Compared to Trump Joe is a breath of fresh air. Not to mention a national treasure. I’ll take him checking his watch over 3 a.m. tweets that go off on some tangent or a deranged “speech” about God knows what. It’s all relative. DeSantis needs to go full Trump batshit crazy to get the nomination. This halfway stuff won’t get it done.

        Per the Atlantic: When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true.

        Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.

        Oh yes and what did Trump say about John McCain’s service to this country? Seems like forever ago doesn’t it. Go look up the word hypocrite in the dictionary or better yet just grab a mirror. Something about glass houses & throwing stones.

  • Rocky Eagleburg

    September 4, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Bye bye Ron, you’re a walking political train wreck,
    This guy wont win re-election as Governor let alone ever have a chance to win the white House. Who ever is advising him on how to build your brand so that you can expand your appeal to win necessary independents should resign. He has dropped in polls with independents since going all in on doing everything he can to spread covid in this state 14 points which in polling is the equivalent of driving the bus off the cliff. What an idiot.

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