For the Republican leadership, the party’s greatest hope of regaining the White House is a move from former President Trump to Florida Governor DeSantis.
Trump-backed candidates suffered humiliating losses in key Congressional districts in both the Senate and Senate in Wednesday’s midterm elections, jeopardizing Republican efforts to regain majority seats. In contrast, Mr. DeSantis won a decisive re-election as governor of Florida, garnering votes in areas considered Democratic strongholds.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Republican) said in an interview that as interest shifts to the 2024 presidential election, combined with criticism of Trump’s prestige, a win for DeSantis will be a windfall for Trump. . a replacement candidate.
“It was a great win for DeSantis and I think he automatically got national recognition,” said Gingrich. The defeat of Trump-backed high-profile candidates in states like Pennsylvania “underscores the magnitude of DeSantis’ victory,” she said.
Trump is expected to announce his intention to run for president next week. He hoped the Republican Party would win big, take credit, and cancel any talk about a candidate to replace him. But Mr. DeSantis thwarted this plan. And many of Trump’s most extravagant and radical candidates have been rejected by voters.
“Yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing,” Trump said on his social media site Truth Social Wednesday, but he didn’t take responsibility.
Another of Trump’s archenemies, President Biden, said on Monday that he will still seek re-election in 2024 and will likely make a formal decision early next year.
Who will be the most formidable opponent?requestBiden responded by saying that Trump and DeSantis “were looking forward to seeing them fight.”
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