Former Ron DeSantis backer now supports Glenn Youngkin in 2024
Glenn Youngkin's win give Florida Republicans some good cheer.

Glenn Youngkin
'He could beat Donald Trump, he could beat anybody. He's an incredible person.'

One former Ron DeSantis backer still wants a southern Governor to take the GOP presidential nomination next year.

Interactive Brokers founder Thomas Peterffy, whose net worth nears $28 billion at this writing, is now backing Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin, contributing $1 million to Youngkin’s PAC last weekend.

During an interview on Fox News, Peterffy stressed that his contribution was focused on the November 2023 race in Virginia, but that he and others want Youngkin to enter the presidential race after those elections.

“He is at this time completely focused on the Virginia elections coming on the seventh of November. But I believe that if there are lots of people calling for him to enter after those elections, then he may very well do so,” Peterffy said on “Fox & Friends.”

Peterffy, who distanced himself from DeSantis this spring over “abortion and book banning,” believes Youngkin is singularly qualified as the alternative to Donald Trump.

“He could beat Donald Trump, he could beat anybody. He’s an incredible person. He’s experienced as CEO of one of the largest equity groups and he’s nearly three years as Governor in Virginia, demonstrating his exceptional capabilities in running as a leader of a large organization,” Peterffy said. “There’s nobody else like that. He’s a really good person.”

Youngkin would not be in place to debate in August or anytime soon, if Peterffy’s timetable holds. But polling shows the Virginia Governor is better positioned than DeSantis or Trump to at least carry Virginia in a General Election.

In the Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Youngkin is the only one of the three GOP hopefuls polled against Joe Biden to win outright.

While 44% of respondents prefer their own Governor (against 37% for Biden), neither DeSantis nor Trump have leads.

“If the candidates were Biden and former President Donald Trump, 43% of respondents favored Biden while 40% favored Trump. If the candidates were Biden and current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the vote would be evenly split, with each candidate receiving 41%,” the polling memo asserts.

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


8 comments

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Real Campaign Manager" American

    August 8, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Good mornting America,
    The Earl Pitts American Fan Club’s staff of mental health Doctors has already been in touch with Mr. Peterffy’s family in regards to getting him the mental health assistance he so desperatly needs.
    At this time we are pretty sure some sort brain eating ameoba is attacking his brain. Most likely he sniffed it in his nose while swimming in this Younkin fella’s dirty pool.
    Dont worry America we can and will cure Mr. Peterffy.
    EPA

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 8, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      Brain eating amoeba. Great minds think alike, pops. I’mma chip off the ole block

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 8, 2023 at 11:11 am

    My old left sneaker would be a better candidate than Rhonda. Being a sneaker, it at least does not spew nonsense and/or constantly alienate everyone. It’s just a little smelly, but I can’t imagine MeatWad smells that great either.

    • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Real Campaign Manager" American

      August 8, 2023 at 9:40 pm

      Thats my girl !!!!!

  • PeterH

    August 8, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Removing Klown makeup from one deplorable candidate and trying to disguise another is just not going to work. Every Republican has bought into the “culture war” on young Americans, women, the LGBTQ community and educators! Installing Youngkin on the two packed 2024 Klown Buses is not going to work.

    Republicans are America’s biggest nightmare!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • "Not Trump" Supporters

    August 8, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    Not sure there’s any such thing as a Ron DeSantis supporter. There are only GOP donors and voters who don’t want Biden to be re-elected due to his opponent being the guy that lost to Biden last time.

    With Ron DeSantis now being recognized as a self-inflicted lost cause, the GOP’s “let’s try to win in 2024” crowd is defecting from the abstract media fabrication turned real, concrete, failed candidate, Ron DeSantis.

    Presidential contender Ron DeSantis was never anything more than a media lie and that lie put Ron in the driver’s seat where he then crashed and totaled the clown car.

  • Joe

    August 8, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Oh yes, let’s all listen to a Hungarian right-winger on matters of American politics! This guy Peterffy is deeply morally compromised.

  • Glenn Yunkkin

    August 9, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    But Mr Peter Fly, if I am so great, why did you support Ron DeSantis before you supported me? That’s Flip Flop Fly, always landing on whatever pile of shit smells best today. And today, it’s me! Whee!

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