It is still far too early to tell just what sort of scene will be seen when it comes time to pick candidates for the 2024 presidential election, but we do have some clues to may be in the mix.
First and foremost, there is Donald Trump, who has all but assured us that he’ll be running. Just last week he suggested that even an indictment by the Justice Department wouldn’t deter him, in what may have been his most forceful hint about ’24 yet.
Incumbent President Joe Biden continues to suggest that he’ll run too, despite the continued and not-so-subtle suggestions from the Democratic Party’s most prominent politicians belying their understandable concerns about the idea.
And then there’s Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, who has played rather coy when the subject has been broached with him, but who is also acting very much like a man who’s going to run for the White House.
Now, as DeSantis’ national profile continues to swell, a new bit of data shows that the Sunshine State lawmaker may be well-poised for such a run.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) political operation reported raising $177.4 million through Sept. 9, breaking the gubernatorial fundraising record without adjusting for inflation, a new OpenSecrets analysis of state campaign finance filings found. His reelection campaign has raised over $31.4 million since January 2021, and Friends of Ron DeSantis, his state-level PAC that is not subject to contribution limits, raked in $146 million since January 2019.
Florida voters elected DeSantis to the U.S. House in 2012, where he served three terms before resigning in 2018 to run for governor, which he won by less than 34,000 votes. DeSantis’ first term has been defined by culture war clashes – he’s been the public face of polarizing policies including the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which prohibits kindergarten through third-grade teachers from discussing gender and sexual identity in the classroom.
This week, DeSantis was involved in a controversial political action in which a charter plane of migrants from the southern border was sent to the liberal elitist haven of Martha’s Vineyard to prove a rather salient point about the hypocrisy of the left.