Newt Gingrich says Ron DeSantis ‘has failed’ in quest to clear 2024 GOP field

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'DeSantis didn't prove capable of reaching out to all the different elements of the party.'

Ron DeSantis is about to get in the presidential race, but that’s not stopping leading Republicans from questioning his strategy up until now.

Asked about U.S. Sen. Tim Scott entering the 2024 race and about Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin considering the same, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the Florida Governor left openings for rivals and failed to consolidate the anti-Donald Trump lane.

“I think it’s partly a function of DeSantis having failed to fill the vacuum. There was a large vacuum of non-Trump Republicans,” said Gingrich, who ran for President himself in 2012.

Gingrick made the remarks on the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom.”

“Trump keeps gaining and strengthening,” Gingrich said. “But at the same time, DeSantis didn’t prove capable of reaching out to all the different elements of the party.”

“So you now have more and more people who say, ‘Hey, I could be a competitor,'” he added.

Indeed, DeSantis was competitive with former President Trump in early polls of the 2024 race, but recent weeks have shown the Governor losing ground at Trump’s expense, as reflected in three major polling averages of the race.

The current Race to the White House average of polls shows Trump leading 54% to 21%. In terms of delegates, Trump leads 1,802 to 583 if the race stays crowded with candidates, and 1,616 to 838 if only two candidates remain after the Nevada Primary.

The FiveThirtyEight average of polls also shows that Trump leads DeSantis 54% to 21% on average, with former Vice President Mike Pence at 6% and former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley at 4%.

The RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average pegs DeSantis at 19% support in the 2024 Republican Primary field, with Trump nearly tripling the Governor with 56% support.

A.G. Gancarski

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


9 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 23, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Old Newt is talking in past tense like the GOP nomination convention is THIS summer. LOL. Stupid Newt. Rhonda’s waiting for Donald’s ducking more indictments, hoping something will finally stick to Teflon Don, assuming Rhonda will be the front runner once the legal problems finally stick to The Donald. Rhonda’s “wait and see” strategery might be right. We shall wait. We shall see.

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  • Elliott Offen

    May 23, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Newt is partially responsible for the bad position of the GOP today… creating extreme greed among rich Republicans and stupidity among those who vote GOP against their own interests.

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    • It's Raining Bullets

      May 23, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      The GOP’s trickle down theory is working. It’s raining bullets on all of us!

      Reply

  • Dems Eat Your Lunches And You Sit At Home And Cry

    May 23, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    The Republican Party: Failing Up

    Losers in mid-terms, lost Jacksonville, lost the Presidency.

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  • Rawlings Susan

    May 23, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    To be honest, I don’t see how DeSantis’ numbers go up much further. He’s jumping ship on Florida pretty rapidly after being elected, so soon after he announces he could begin to see his numbers trending down in his home state, too. He looks completely disloyal to both Trump and his home state, and a little unhinged with some of the bills he just signed into law. Now that he’s entering into the race, competitors and enemies in Florida will begin turning up the heat and will speak out. Could be more uncomfortable than he expects.

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  • Earl Pitts American

    May 24, 2023 at 6:24 am

    Good morning America,
    Newt is doing what I told him to do as Ron and I, Earl Pitts American, determined that Biden’s Masters were getting wind of our plan to have Don back out of his run for POTUS at the last minute and endorse Ron for the Gurran-effing-teed Republican sweep in ’24.
    Shhhhhhhh, America dont tell Biden’s Masters about our plan, Shhhhhhhhhh. They are too stupid to read my, Earl Pitts American’s, sweet sweet words of wisdom.
    Thank you Newt and thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

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  • Linda HOA President

    May 24, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Thank goodness we have this Earl dude in charge of saving the country. The politicans on both sides are all so stupid. This guy earl is the only one with any sense.

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  • Lex

    May 24, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Candidates announce earlier and earlier each year. Florida also has weird laws that require vacating your current position regardless of whether you are elected to the new position. Desantis was able to change that law, but it took time. But honestly this is only a two horse race. Nikki Haley is qualified but has no traction and being in the race early has been no advantage to her. Most likely Nikki Haley is campaigning to be the qualified VP. Newt there is no other republican candidate in the race, the rest are still extreme dark horses. Tim Scott is a viable VP candidate as well, but he’s not even the most qualified candidate from his own state. Scott is not a problem for Desantis. There is only Trump and Desantis in this race unless something changes. Trump is making a mistake attacking Desantis because honestly they could make a good unified ticket. The race is Trump’s to win because he has the sympathy from the Durham Report and raid on his home. Trump is also a fairly known quantity in the White House and one could assume the “learning curve” is over and that Trump would likely be more effectual from day 1. But Trump needs to be careful not alienate other Republicans. Trump needs to act slightly more presidential and attacking Desantis is a mistake for Trump tactically.

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  • restorativejusticenow4trump

    May 25, 2023 at 1:16 am

    After all the lies told that we’ve learned told about Trump, anyone with honor and respect for truth and justice would BOW OUT and let TRUMP run as a sole candidate. And win. Get the F out of the way and stay in your lane. You know what the right thing to do is. This man’s presidency was stolen from him. Step aside and step up to defend him and restore what was stolen from Trump and the USA, as any sane person should do. Don’t waste America’s time with your phony BS people. ONLY TRUMP. ONLY TRUMP. RESTORE WHAT IS DUE TO THIS MAN IN THE NAME OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. Or never talk to us again about restorative justice, equality or reparations.

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