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The DeSantis campaign is faltering early: Can it be revived?

Posted on AllSides May 30th, 2023
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Elections, 2024 Elections, Ron DeSantis
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It’s been less than a week since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) officially announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, but his campaign is already on life support. 

Despite once being considered the GOP heir apparent, DeSantis’s standing slipped in the weeks leading up to his announcement. His poll numbers plummeted while former President Donald Trump solidified his frontrunner status, causing potential DeSantis donors to grow skittish. Evidently, DeSantis’s efforts to out-Trump Trump by advancing a far-right agenda in Florida have been to no avail — and if anything, could be motivating Republicans seeking an alternative to Trumpism...

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