‘Underdog’ Ron DeSantis likens Iowa caucuses to race against Andrew Gillum
Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum.

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Florida’s Governor is finding inspiration in 2018 for the next few days on which his 2024 hopes hinge.

Ron DeSantis told reporters in Iowa that CNN hosting a debate between Nikki Haley and him was “funny” because back when he ran against Andrew Gillum, the network also “did a debate between me and my Democrat opponent and this was probably a week or two before the election.”

“They had me down 10, 15 points in the polls. I didn’t think that’s where the race was but it created a lot of bad juju, you people putting that out there. But of course, we ended up winning the election,” DeSantis said.

Indeed, polls had Gillum leading in nearly every survey for more than a month, according to RealClearPolitics at the time. But the spread was single digits then, as opposed to the 40-plus-point lead Donald Trump enjoys among Hawkeye State GOP caucus participants.

The Governor told reporters in Iowa he “would rather be the underdog.”

“I understand that there’s a lot of folks that have wanted to create that narrative, really from the beginning of the election. I’d rather be in that position. I think if you’re somebody that they’re expecting, you know, to run away with it, then, you know, I don’t know that I run as well there.”

DeSantis has recently embraced the argument that he’s been “underestimated” as a candidate and is now the “underdog,” such as during an interview with Anderson Cooper after that CNN debate.

“I do better when I’m underestimated. I like being the underdog. And so, I’m not a prognosticator. I think if you look at what we’ve done here, the organization that we built, the tens of thousands of Iowans that have already committed to caucus, everything, we’ve done it the right way. We’ve gone to all 99 counties. And I think you’re seeing that,” the Governor said.

“You’re going to start to see that more and more even through the weekend. … My people are going to come out in negative 20 (degrees). They’re going to come out and do it. But at the same time, you know, I’d rather be underestimated, so I hope everyone says all that and then on caucus night, you know, we’re going to do well.”

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


  • Impeach Biden

    January 12, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Andrew Gillum. Boy the great state of Florida dodged a bullet on that one. Gillum was a phony and had an appetite for drugs and male prostitutes. Of course his hand was always out as well. Good riddance Mr Gillum

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 12, 2024 at 1:55 pm

      Coincidentally, a jury recently found Gillum not guilty of one charge (lying) and was deadlocked on other charges — all brought as the result of an FBI sting in which a white “friend” of Gillum’s was working for the government.
      And, atypically, jurors afterwards told the media that Gillum was found not guilty on all charges by the majority on the jury but a couple of holdouts forced the deadlock.
      The feds have said they will not re-try Gillum.

      • Impeach Biden

        January 12, 2024 at 2:29 pm

        No mention of the Miami Hotel incident with boys and blow eh?

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 12, 2024 at 9:55 pm

          I’m surprised that you aren’t outraged at the federal attempt to entrap Gillum. I guess your outrage only extend to J6 “hostages”.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 12, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    Now DeSantis is claiming to be an “underdog”? A gross insult to dogs, for sure. And wholly inaccurate.

    I think Biscuit needs to weigh in on this one…

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 12, 2024 at 6:24 pm

      Rhonda has cracked under the pressure of their failed campaign and keep mis-speaking because of it.

      What they meant rather than “underdog” was “bottom.”

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