While former President Donald Trump waits out the 2022 midterm elections, hoping not to throw the Democrats a bone by jumping into the 2024 race too early, it appears that some other members of the GOP are taking the opportunity to strike.
Namely, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who this week headed out west to procure some megadonors for what is presumed to be his own bid for the White House in ’24.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is planning a private fundraiser in Utah later this month that is expected to draw some of the country’s wealthiest Republican donors as he signals a possible run for president in 2024.Advertisement - story continues below
DeSantis is set to head to Utah the week of July 18 for the private gathering, according to people familiar with the matter. Many asked not to be identified because the campaign is trying to keep the private event from getting too much public attention.
The tactic was a simple one.
Though DeSantis is coming to Utah to raise money for his 2022 gubernatorial reelection campaign, fundraisers held in far-flung states like Utah, which is more than 2,000 miles from his home state, often suggest national aspirations.
The state is known to be a GOP stronghold; Utah voters have picked a Republican for president in each of the past six elections. Former President Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in the state by 20 percentage points in 2020.
The news will likely stir criticism from former President Trump, who has reportedly been less-than-pleased with DeSantis’ potential bid for the GOP crown in 2024.