In the wake of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stunning success Tuesday night and a rival’s relative failure, an oddsmaker touts the Governor as the current 2024 front-runner.
“Donald Trump had been favorite for a 2024 comeback but all the momentum has swung in favor of Ron DeSantis, who appears to be in a very strong position after bucking the Republican trend with such a resounding win in Florida. Punters clearly believe it has cemented his White House ambitions and we’ve had no choice but to make him favorite given the sudden surge in support,” asserted Lawrence Lyons of BoyleSports.
One factor in the shifting odds is perception. Sweeping wins expected in races across the country did not happen for Trump-aligned candidates.
“There were disappointing results for midterm candidates backed by the former President and his chances of winning again in 2024 have been eased to 10/3 from 2/1, despite a growing expectation that he will launch his bid to lead the Republican challenge in the coming days,” the BoyleSports analysis asserts.
“With a White House bid now anticipated, the odds on DeSantis winning the 2024 election have been cut in half to 5/2 from 5/1 by BoyleSports, making him the new front-runner ahead of previous favorite Donald Trump.”
Democrats are somewhat farther behind, with President Joe Biden at 11/2 and Vice President Kamala Harris and California Gov. Gavin Newsom each at 14/1. DeSantis has found ways to feud with all three at various times, much to the delight of his partisan supporters.
The adjustment in odds comes as former President Trump, despite endorsing DeSantis and claiming to have voted for him Tuesday, threatens to go negative on the man he dubbed “Ron DeSanctimonious” if DeSantis runs for President.
Trump derided DeSantis on NewsNation and Fox News in reports that ran Election Day. He recycled his claim that he carried DeSantis to the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 and threatened to spill secrets about the Governor should DeSantis run in 2024.
“He was not going to be able to even be a factor in the race. And as soon as I endorsed him, within moments, the race was over,” Trump said. “I got him the nomination. He didn’t get it. I got it, because the minute I made that endorsement, he got it.”
“Then he ran, and he wasn’t supposed to be able to win,” Trump said, describing the Governor’s race against Democrat Andrew Gillum. “I did two rallies, we had 52,000 people each one and he won. I thought that he could have been more gracious. But that’s up to him.”
“I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife,” Trump added, per Fox News.