Florida’s Ron DeSantis Is Now Frontrunner For ’24

Ron DeSantis

At a glance

  • He wasn’t even on the ballot, but former President Donald Trump was the big loser on Election Day 2022.
  • A plethora of pre-Election Day polls showed Republicans with a healthy lead, and pollsters went so far as to predict a ‘red tsunami.’ Instead, it was more like a pink trickle.
  • Trump had tried to play kingmaker throughout the midterm campaigns, endorsing a slew of candidates across the nation as he preps a return run for president in 2024. So while he wasn’t on the ballot, his virality was clearly on the line — and he came up impotent.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis, who won re-election as governor of Florida in a landslide, is now the de facto king of the GOP.

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