Former President Donald Trump says he is neither aware of nor worried about whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will challenge him for the GOP presidential candidacy in 2024.
“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,” Trump told The New Yorker. “It’s his prerogative. I think I would win,” he said.
Since leaving the White House last year, the 45th president has repeatedly hinted at plans to run for a third time. Trump confirmed that he was “very close to making a decision” about whether to run for a 2024 presidential bid.
Yet while many prominent Republicans have said they won’t run if Trump does, DeSantis has declined to make such a promise.
There is speculation that DeSantis could run for president in 2024, given his popularity among Trump’s voter base. Unlike Trump’s typical dominance in polls as the front runner for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, recent polls show the Florida governor is narrowly edging him out.
A straw poll at the 2022 Western Conservative Summit earlier this month in Colorado showed DeSantis besting Trump by three points with a 74 percent candidate approval rate, while Trump received 71 percent from the attendees. In another poll conducted at the Wisconsin State GOP convention in late May, 38 percent backed DeSantis in a hypothetical 2024 Republican field including over tw… (Read more)