|Florida Governor Ron DeSantis|
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Expect Donald Trump to Sink Florida Governor's Ron DeSantis' 2022 Re-Election Campaign
As the 2022 Florida Governor's race heats up, expect former President and current Florida resident Donald Trump to get involved. And not in a good way. Trump is likely to claim the election in Florida will be rigged, a claim that will discourage Republicans from voting. Like the Georgia run-off elections this
past January, it won't take too many Republicans staying home to tip the election to the Democrats. DeSantis won in 2018 by only .4%.
Trump undermining DeSantis will not be an accident. The Florida governor is Trump's biggest rival for the presidential nomination in 2024. A September poll by GOP pollster Carter Wren showed Trump to have 26.2% support of Republican voters compared to DeSantis' 25.2%. This is a big change from July when a Wren poll had Trump at 46% and DeSantis at 13%.
But if DeSantis loses re-election in 2022, any hope he has of getting the 2024 GOP nomination for President is out the window.
Trump is already taking shots at DeSantis in anticipation of a possible matchup. "If I faced him, I'd beat him like I would beat everyone else," Trump told Yahoo Finance late last week. "I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out."
No doubt, DeSantis will try like heck to assure the Orange Grifter that he would not run against him. But one thing I learned in politics is that political candidates are incredibly paranoid. (A prime example is Watergate. There was never any doubt Nixon would blow out McGovern in 1972, yet the Nixon campaign operatives bugged DNC's headquarters anyway.) No matter how many assurances DeSantis provides, Trump is still going to view him as a political threat who needs to be eliminated.
The way to remove the Governor DeSantis threat is to make sure he loses his re-election bid. Trump can easily do that. All he has to do is dust off that Georgia playbook.