Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis will speak at the Welcome segment of the Conservative Political Activities Council (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on February 26, 2021.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans a private fundraiser in Utah later this month, suggesting that he may run for president in 2024, the country’s wealthiest Republican Party. Is expected to attract donors.
According to people familiar with the matter, DeSantis will head to Utah for a personal gathering in the week of July 18th... The campaign seeks to keep private events out of the public eye, so many have asked for them not to be identified.
DeSantis comes to Utah to raise money for the 2022 governor reelection campaign, but fundraising in remote states like Utah, more than 2,000 miles from his hometown, is often a national desire. Suggests.
The state is known as the Republican Party’s home. Utah voters have elected the Republican Party as president in each of the last six elections.Former President Donald Trump wins Joe Biden 20 percent points in the state in 2020.
Utah Republican Chair Carson Jorgensen said the state party has not co-sponsored the event, but is likely to send someone to what is expected to include breakfast and lunch with DeSantis. He said the event was personally hosted and not open to the press.
“We want to increase the number of events in the state that support the best candidates across the country,” Jorgensen said in a text message. He did not confirm the date of the rally or who would host DeSantis.
DeSantis spokeswoman Lindsey Carnut said the campaign wasn’t “discussing a private funding event with the press,” and didn’t go into details.
DeSantis has not declared a presidential candidate, but has not denied it. In a recent interview with Fox News, he did not deny his idea of running for president — even if it had to be defeated first. Playing cards In the Republican primary.
“Nice try, man” DeSantis replied shyly In an interview with Fox News last month, he refused to answer when asked if he would enter into a major battle with Trump to run for the White House.
Those who help organize this month’s fundraising said that many donors from all over the country will be invited to attend the rally in Utah., But they are trying to go unnoticed by Trump. According to the person, the invitation was sent verbally rather than by email, limiting the paper trail. Donors are said to be likely that the meeting with DeSantis in Utah will begin early in the morning of July 19.
Another reason DeSantis is watching the event is to prevent him from appearing to be preparing to take on Trump at the Republican Primary in 2024 and causing the wrath of the former president. Added.
A poll at Emerson College last month shows Trump as a clear favorite over other possible candidates for the 2024 Republican nomination. The vote If he ran for Republican nomination, he would show him 55% of voter support, with DeSantis at 20%, the second farthest.
DeSantis has become a favorite of most GOP megadonor fans, many of whom Help him raise over $ 100 million Looking for alternatives to become their Republican candidate for his 2022 run for reelection in Florida, and for the President in 2024.Axios report An external group has gathered the names of more than a million DeSantis supporters in case the Governor of Florida runs for president.
Trump in a recent interview with Newsmax Said He made friends with DeSantis and did not rule out that the Governor of Florida would be his running mate if the former president again ran for the White House in 2024. Trump did not rule out running for president again after losing to Biden two years ago.
Trump won in Utah in 2020, but DeSantis had an ally in that state and previously visited Utah as governor.
DeSantis spoke in Utah last year in front of the American Legislative Exchange Council. His remarks are included By mocking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we encourage people vaccinated by Covid-19 to wear masks in the following states: coronavirus It was spreading.
According to Florida records, the DeSantis reelection campaign raised more than $ 25,000 from Utah donors during the 2022 election cycle. A friend of Ron DeSantis, the political action committee that supports DeSantis, has raised over $ 430,000 from donors in the state.
Nomi Health is one of the supporters of DeSantis in Utah. The healthcare company reportedly donated $ 100,000 to the Friends of RonDeSantis PAC last year. Received Approximately $ 50 Million for Covid-related Work Without Bid From the governor’s administration, according to election funding records.
Since then, another $ 50,000 has been raised from Nomi Health in June.
Nomi’s Health CEO Mark Newman and the company didn’t respond when asked if they would attend or co-sponsor the DeSantis conference in Utah.