Just before the midterm elections, Republicans are picking up a lot of stars in the political world. Congress is about to be overtaken by a Red Wave, and presidential candidates are piling up.
The campaign of former President Donald Trump is reportedly targeting November 14—roughly one week after the midterm elections—to declare a bid for the presidency in 2024.
“Trump and his top advisers have been signaling for weeks that a 2024 announcement is imminent. But those discussions have reached the point that allies are blocking off days in their calendars for the week after the midterms — and preparing to travel,” according to Axios.
“With polls pointing toward a good night for Republicans on Tuesday, Trump plans to surf the GOP’s expected post-midterm euphoria to build momentum for his own effort to retake the White House. Look for Trump to take credit for Republican victories across the board —including those he propelled with his endorsements, and even those he had nothing to do with. In recent weeks, Trump has been inching closer and closer to saying he is running, relishing the applause as he hints to his rally crowds that he’s doing it,” the article said.
Scoop: Former President Trump’s inner circle is discussing announcing the launch of a 2024 presidential campaign on Nov. 14 — with the official announcement possibly followed by a multi-day series of political events. https://t.co/6FsXAjrMsa
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) November 4, 2022
However, Trump is not the only Republican who is having a good moment right now.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is in a great position going into an election he is expected to win, and now there is even more reason to be excited for him. DeSantis has fought for Floridians on a number of topics, including immigration, education, support for first responders, and conservative values. He enjoys enormous popularity in his home state of Florida.
In contrast to Charlie Crist, the Democratic opponent, the Republican governor has accumulated a record-breaking $200 million for his reelection bid, according to Politico. The governor still has almost $90 million in the bank because he only spent about $100,000 on his campaign.
With a roughly 10-point lead over his Democratic opponent in the polls, the governor may run for president in 2024 with the additional $90 million, according to Politico.
Republican lobbyist Slater Bayliss stated: “If you look at where the money is coming from, it’s indicative of Gov. DeSantis being seen by national donors as the de facto frontrunner for president.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“I think people on the left do not think their candidates sell out, and on the right we think ours cut deals, and are more pragmatic,” he said. “Former President Trump’s whole brand on the Republican side was that he does not sell out.” “Gov. DeSantis has built on that,” he said, “And is taken more seriously by many Republican donors.”
Other governors who have taken in massive hauls in recent election cycles include self-financers like Meg Whitman, whose $176 million during the 2010 California gubernatorial campaign included $144 million of her own money. Illinois Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker nearly entirely self-funded his $176 million 2018 campaign and $133 million reelection bid.
Texas Republican Greg Abbot, meanwhile, raised $116 million for his 2022 reelection bid. But Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke — who has outraised him since the summer — has forced Abbott to outspend his opponent by wide margins. Now, Abbott is left with less cash on hand than O’Rourke for the second reporting period in a row, with his overall coffers hitting a nearly two-decade low. CONTINUE READING…