Ron DeSantis tells donors Donald Trump can’t win in 2024
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Donald Trump
'People aren’t going to change their view of him.'

Ron DeSantis is nearing a 2024 launch, and central to his case will be the argument that Donald Trump can’t win.

That was the message he put forth on a call to donors organized by his Never Back Down super PAC Thursday.

“You have basically three people at this point that are credible in this whole thing,” Mr. DeSantis told donors, as reported by The New York Times.

Joe Biden, Trump and me. And I think of those three, two have a chance to get elected President — Biden and me, based on all the data in the swing states, which is not great for the former President and probably insurmountable because people aren’t going to change their view of him.”

DeSantis’ argument rests in battleground state polls that have shown him consistently outperforming the former President in head-to-head matchups against Biden. These include April surveys from Public Opinion Strategies in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin.

The reporting of the donor call is a teaser for even more action from DeSantis later this month, including a formal launch of his campaign, reported to be May 25. DeSantis is expected to file paperwork and formally launch in Dunedin, the Gulf Coast community where he grew up.

The Governor is also expected to meet with donors next week in Miami, with those supporters, in turn, soliciting more financial support for the 2024 operation.

DeSantis is amassing endorsements already, including from 99 Republican members of the Florida Legislature, 51 among New Hampshire elected officials, and three dozen endorsements from Iowa legislators.

Yet the major problem for DeSantis may be that at least half of Republican voters want Trump, while less than a quarter want DeSantis, at least according to polling averages.

The RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average pegs DeSantis at just under 20% support in the 2024 Republican Primary field, with Trump at 57%.

The FiveThirtyEight polling average has DeSantis at just over 21%, with Trump still holding majority support at 53%.

The Race to the White House average is more forgiving to the Florida Governor. Trump only musters 53% support in that model, with DeSantis’ nearly 22% standing as the best of the three major averages.

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


  • PeterH

    May 18, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Neither can DeSantis win! I don’t see independent voters like myself warming up to either of these candidates. Republicans should stay laser focused on 2028. If they can find a Republican candidate with common sense and a human heart they might have a chance.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 18, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      You are not an independent voter. Stop with the BS. DeSantis is correct on Trump. If Trump is the nominee I will vote for him. I definitely prefer someone else. Trump did a lot of good for this country and Biden has carpet bombed all of it. Trump is simply too polarizing to people, especially to the fake independent voter above

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 18, 2023 at 6:11 pm

        Rhonda is just Shorty Trump. Rhonda can’t win for the same reason Trump can’t win: Trumpism is a lost cause. It lost. Bigly. And it just keeps losing. Consider every single election since 2020. The majority of MAGAs lose.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 18, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Desantis is correct. Had Trump persued his claim of election fraud and prevailed Trump NOT Biden would be waking up and taking a morning poop in the White House.
    Trump lost. Why he lost is not even an $ffin issue. We are going forward. We dont care about the past.
    In America we dont give loosers another chance at the White House. Nope too risky too much is at stake.
    Anyone supporting Trump is bringing on WWIII and the final killing our economey and opening up America to China. Why you ask? Because the odds are too great that the left will roll Trump’s @55 again – and the Democrats will get 4 more years. Why does anyone think this time will be different?????
    So theres that.
    Ron Desantis For POTUS.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rhonda Santis

      May 18, 2023 at 5:17 pm

      why did you steal Gary Burbank’s character Earl Pitts?

      • Earl Pitts American

        May 18, 2023 at 8:10 pm

        Rhonda Rhonda Rhonda, steal is such a strong and illegal word, so lets not go there. Fact is I, Earl Pitts American, have the name and how I got it is nobody’s business.
        Thank you for your inquiry Rhonda,
        Earl Pitts “Political Master Mind” American

        • Elliott Offen

          May 18, 2023 at 8:13 pm

          👆 Report this pedophile for trying to lure kids on this website.

    • Tropical

      May 18, 2023 at 11:01 pm

      It’s ‘Earl’.
      A junkyard with a keyboard!
      Speaking of junk, desantis is all that and less.

  • Billy the Bamboozler

    May 18, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    He’s right about Trump being unable to win in 2024… but he doesn’t realize that he can’t either! He’s too far right and people across the country don’t like all the right wing police state theatre and whacko religious legislation. He signed it!!!

    • Earl Pitts American

      May 18, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      Naw Bill,
      What you are trying so hard to forget is your party in The White House $ffed every thing they touched up so incompetantly and completly that Americans will run to Dedantis. Fact is Bill you are going to vote for Desantis too and just pretend you voted for Biden so your dook 4 brains friends wont disown you. You wanna know a secret Bill all your friends are secertly voting Desantis too. Its OK Bill I, Earl Pitts American, wont tell on you.
      Thank you Bill,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Tropical

        May 18, 2023 at 10:56 pm

        It would be better if you had a clue.

  • Tropical

    May 18, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    ‘People aren’t going to change their view of him.’
    And the majority of sane US voters aren’t going to change their view of you either, desantis.
    You Are Poison.

  • President Joe Biden

    May 19, 2023 at 6:09 am

    I, Uncle Joe Biden, accept the degenerate Republican surrender even though the election is quite a ways off. No, you cannot win.

    You are a group of quitters. You gave up on growth, education and compassion.

    Enjoy your uninsured homes, your invasive pythons and your collapsing bridges and condos.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 19, 2023 at 7:06 am

      Hey Joe are you going to do anything about the Southern Border collapse? How about fuel prices? They are nearly double since you rook office? Groceries, building materials, insurance, home prices? All through the roof now since your incompetent administration took over. What about the world bullies Like Putin and China’s leader? They are sure pushing you around now aren’t they? Finally big city crime and your support for defunding and reimagining the police. What an epic failure. I’m sure you are still in bed right now doing absolutely nothing about it.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 19, 2023 at 9:06 am

        IBS with all the time you spend on the toilet, try reading some news once in a while so you can learn facts and maybe even how to think. For example you express a disdain for big city crime, yet also oppose changing policing which according to your and your claims of crime, policing as it is, does not work. See what you did there? You contradicted yourself while spewing nonsense that nobody wants to hear but you keep going. Should that NYC subway guy choke you to death like he did the guy on the subway who kept spewing nonsense nobody wanted to hear? I don’t think you should be strangled to death just for spewing nonsense and refusing to shut up, but Gov Rhonda does!

  • Lex

    May 19, 2023 at 9:31 am

    I think Trump can win, if Trump becomes Trump-lite. A version of Trump with a little more gravitas and humility,; who learns to work with others. I see no growth in Trump that would lead me to believe that Trump is moving to that. Trump can potentially win if Desantis is his running mate. That seems strange now, but Desantis and Trump are actually in pretty similar positions in the Republican party on policy. Tell me where there is any real difference. We need to fight a culture war and we need to protect our grass-roots. To do that we need functional leadership to something larger than any one person.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 19, 2023 at 11:18 am

      Who are “we” and why do “we” need to fight a “culture war” and what really even is a “culture war,” a dance off with Boy George? Do tell, Lex. Please. Let everybody know what you mean. Who is a “culture war” fought against? Tyrannical government? Tyrannical in what way? What are these “grass-roots” that require protection? Will they grow to tall for the HOA? Explain please. Your point of alleged ‘need” is missing both the “what” and the “why” for us readers not already versed in whatever you’re getting at.

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