Republicans Lose Their Temper With DeSantis

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

GOP lawmakers are reportedly growing impatient waiting for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to join the 2024 presidential race. Many are also worried that the longer DeSantsi waits the harder it will be for him to win the race as the GOP primary field will continue to grow. As they have pointed out around 25 to 30 percent of Republican voters consistently remain supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Others also worry that if he delays his campaign announcement too long then he might lose some of the momentum that he gained during the 2022 midterm elections.

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), has said that she believes DeSantis will run but that his current focus is Florida issues and the Florida legislature. Lummis had previously called DeSantis “the leader of the Republican Party” following his incredible performance during the 2022 midterm elections.

She added that when he does join the presidential race he is going to be adding an “enormously important voice” to it, adding that most GOP lawmakers are looking forward to having a competitive primary. The Florida legislature is set to end on May 5.

Regarding Haley’s entrance into the presidential race, Lummis said that it “is the first of many.” She also added that Trump was probably glad to see more people enter the race as it would dilute the support for his opposition.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) also speculated that DeSantis would probably remain focused on Florida for now, and he would most likely move on to the presidential campaign in the summer if he decides to run.