Ron DeSantis Has Raised More Money Than Any Gubernatorial Candidate In FL History

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Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has out-fundraised every previous gubernatorial candidate in Florida’s history and possibly even U.S. history as he stands out among prospective GOP hopefuls for the 2024 presidential election.

The Herald-Tribune reported that DeSantis’ 2022 reelection campaign surpassed the $100 million mark in March, making him a formidable foe both against the Democrats vying to unseat him in November and anyone who might hypothetically join him in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.

In contrast, challengers Rep. Charlie Crist and Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried have each raised just $7 million and $6 million, respectively.

The first-term governor has been one of the most powerful political forces in the country since he was elected in 2018 and, since the departure of President Donald Trump from office in 2021, he has stood out as the most prominent figure in the party, often going toe-to-toe with the Biden administration and liberal Democrats on the most heated cultural issues such as parental choice and COVID-19 mandates.

It’s often been speculated he might run against Trump, who has strongly suggested a third run for office in 2024 and his fundraising haul seems to indicate he’d put up a good fight, although he takes a consistent second place in polls behind the controversial former president.

“DeSantis is the talk of every Republican cocktail party and every organizational meeting. His support spans the money class and the movement conservatives. And that’s a strong combination early in the game,” Scott Reed, a veteran GOP strategist, told CNN last week.

“Demonstrating that kind of fundraising network is what other candidates will notice as they assess whether to enter the field to compete against him,” California GOP consultant Rob Stutzman told the outlet. “It may be an issue that continues to engender Donald Trump’s jealousy, too.”

However, while DeSantis has demurred from saying he’d run in 2024, Trump has stated he doesn’t believe he would, out of “loyalty,” after noting that he “made” the Republican governor’s career in 2018 when he endorsed him, catapulting him to victory in the state GOP primaries.

DeSantis has focused heavily on some of the most hotly contested issues over the last few years, including those that are most important to regular voters, particularly parents.

He has defiantly banned the enforcement of vaccine and mask mandates in the Sunshine State as the Biden administration was pushing to have such measures enforced nationally, and his Parental Rights in Education bill banning sexuality education heightened a national conversation about the appropriateness of gender and sexual identity education in public schools.

Earlier this year, he declared 2022 to be “The Year of the Parent” in Florida, but his leadership has been part of a nationwide movement that seems to be prioritizing the interests of parents nationally, an issue that has always been very close to our heart here at Elizabeth Johnston Ministries.

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