DeSantis Suspends Presidential Campaign Ahead of New Hampshire Primary
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Iowa faced the wrath of two storms on caucus day, another kind of storm was brewing for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The New Hampshire primary only intensified the tempest as DeSantis found himself polling in the single digits. With surprising speed, his national ambitions have been abruptly put on hold, defying the expectations of many political pundits.
Joe Budd, a Palm Beach County state committeeman for the GOP, had been an early supporter of DeSantis. Reflecting on the situation, Budd expressed his belief that DeSantis failed to secure the Republican nomination because he struggled to win over the core support of former President Donald Trump. “In order to beat President Trump, someone like DeSantis, who was a real conservative, needed to capture that segment of the party that Trump currently dominates,” Budd explained.
DeSantis had gained national attention for his culture war battles and his fight against COVID-19 restrictions. However, Democrats in Tallahassee worry that his return to his full-time job as governor will bring more of the same. State Senator Lori Berman, representing Boynton Beach, emphasized the pressing issues that need DeSantis’s attention in Florida. “We have a terrible property insurance crisis. We have an affordability crisis. We have 800,000 people who don’t have healthcare in the state of Florida,” Berman stated.
Despite his withdrawal from the race, DeSantis remains a popular figure within the Republican Party. Treasure Coast Republican State Representative Toby Overdorf spoke highly of DeSantis and acknowledged the sentiments he encountered on the campaign trail. “Across the board, they were saying, ‘We love Gov. DeSantis. We think he’s a great governor, but we really believe Trump needs to get back in there. He’s the man to fix this country and to get it back to where it needs to be,'” Overdorf remarked.
With DeSantis out of the picture, the White House race takes on even greater significance. State Senator Lori Berman emphasized the gravity of the upcoming November election, stating, “There was a concerted effort to overthrow the government on Jan. 6, so I don’t think we’re being alarmist by saying the future of the government is at stake in this November election.”
While DeSantis’s campaign may have come to an end, the political landscape continues to evolve, leaving room for speculation about how the race for the presidency will unfold. As the nation looks ahead, the focus shifts to the remaining candidates and the challenges they face in their quest for the highest office in the land.