DeSantis Becomes GOP Kingmaker, Seen As Crucial In GA Runoff

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At a glance

  • Herschel Walker’s success in the Georgia Senate runoff could hinge on the support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), rather than former President Donald Trump, according to some Republicans.
  • Trump recruited his friend Walker to run for the Senate, but the former president has a spotty relationship with Georgia Republicans and statewide officeholders.
  • Ralph Reed, president of Faith and Freedom Coalition, believes that while Trump could be helpful with driving turnout, DeSantis, or Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), could be more beneficial.
  • “I think that Youngkin or DeSantis is a better fit for soft Republicans or independents in the suburbs that we need to turn out,” Ralph Reed, president of Faith and Freedom Coalition, told CNN.

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