The Midterm elections were far from the red wave many had hoped for.
The one clear winner though was Governor Ron DeSantis.
And Donald Trump was filled with white hot rage when this new poll started making the rounds.
Since 2016 Donald Trump has been seen as the undisputed leader of the Republican Party.
It had largely been assumed that the 2024 GOP nomination for President was his if he wanted it.
Ron DeSantis was also only expected to seek the nomination if Donald Trump didn’t.
But following the hugely disappointing Midterm elections, all that seems to have changed.
Republicans are shifting loyalties toward DeSantis
A recent poll of Republican voters showed Governor Ron DeSantis leading former President Trump by 7 points, 42% to 35%.
This is a major shift from when the same poll taken in October, showed Trump leading DeSantis by 10 points.
The shift follows a disappointing showing by Trump-endorsed candidates in the Midterm elections.
House and Senate Republican races lost key races, leaving Democrats in control of the Senate.
Many Republican Senate candidates struggled with lack of funding after Senate leader Mitch McConnell pulled funding after establishment candidates lost primaries to Trump-backed challengers.
On top of that, Trump’s Super PAC did not spend much money on key races, choosing instead to sit on an $85 million war chest for Trump’s mounting legal bills and looming 2024 campaign.
It seems that Republican voters are placing some of the blame for the lackluster Midterm elections on Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, DeSantis is really starting to look like a winner.
The election in Florida was a stark contrast to Republican’s performance nationally.
DeSantis wiped the floor with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist by more than 19 points.
This is a huge gain for DeSantis, who just four years ago narrowly won by less than 1%.
DeSantis’ blowout victory comes after four years of governing as the most conservative Governor in America.
DeSantis has never shied away from a fight with the Left, and Florida voters rewarded him for his bold leadership.
The start of the 2024 primary
Donald Trump is expected to announce his plans to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2024 today.
“I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” he said at a recent rally.
It’s also clear that Trump is starting to view DeSantis as a political rival.
He recently gave DeSantis a nickname, “DeSanctimonious,” which mirrors how he has mockingly referred to his political opponents in 2016.
Trump credited himself with DeSantis rising to prominence within the GOP.
“Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.’ When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off,” Trump said.
DeSantis has yet to announce plans to seek the nomination, but it seems more likely every day.
Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.