DeSantis Plans to Use Trump’s Winning Tactics Against Him in 2024 Primary
Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is taking a page out of former President Donald Trump’s playbook to defeat him in the 2024 primary. According to a report, DeSantis intends to use the same bold strategy that helped Trump win in 2016 and 2020.
During those elections, Trump went anywhere and everywhere to get his message out to voters. He held rallies in swing states, sometimes at the last minute, and visited communities that his Democratic rivals took for granted. This strategy was successful against Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, who famously campaigned from his basement in 2020.
DeSantis plans to outmaneuver Trump by following the same blueprint. The Florida governor has a full schedule of events in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which he will visit next week on a 12-stop tour. DeSantis told reporters that his plan is to force Trump to keep up with him.
“When we work, we work very hard,” he said. “We’re not just going to show up once in a blue moon. I mean, we’re there. We’re going to paint every corner of these early states. And that will start in earnest next week.”
DeSantis, 44, appears ready to test the stamina of Trump, who is 76. Polling has shown Trump with a substantial early lead in the primary. It will likely take a few days to see if DeSantis’ Wednesday announcement, which Trump panned for its technical difficulties, earned him any support.
DeSantis declared his candidacy during a Twitter Spaces chat with Elon Musk. While the feed repeatedly crashed, the governor raised $1 million in just an hour, according to DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin.
“There was so much enthusiasm for Governor DeSantis’ vision for our Great American Comeback that he literally busted up the internet. Washington is next. $1 million raised online in one hour… and counting!”
DeSantis’ campaign manager, Generra Peck, signaled that the candidate isn’t going to wait for a post-announcement numbers bump. He intends to hit the ground running.
“Our campaign is committed to putting in the time to win these early nominating states,” Peck said in a statement. “No one will work harder than Governor DeSantis to share his vision with the country — he has only begun to fight.”
DeSantis’ Messaging Blitz Inspired by Trump Himself
A person who claimed to be close to DeSantis said the messaging blitz was inspired by Trump himself.
“Trump outworked Clinton,” the source told the Post. “Trump outworked Biden. He’s not going to outwork us. That’s one aspect we can control here.”
DeSantis’ team is ready to take on Trump with a bold strategy that mirrors his own. It remains to be seen if this tactic will be successful, but DeSantis is determined to work hard and win the early nominating states.
DeSantis’ Early Campaign Tour Schedule
DeSantis will kick off the early campaign tour in Des Moines on May 30. Here is his full schedule:
- May 30: Des Moines, Iowa
- May 31: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- June 1: Davenport, Iowa
- June 2: Dubuque, Iowa
- June 3: Waterloo, Iowa
- June 4: Manchester, New Hampshire
- June 5: Nashua, New Hampshire
- June 6: Concord, New Hampshire
- June 7: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- June 8: Greenville, South Carolina
- June 9: Columbia, South Carolina
- June 10: Charleston, South Carolina
Stay tuned to see if DeSantis’ strategy pays off in the 2024 primary.
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