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2024 Watch: DeSantis to reunite with top donors after landslide re-election win


Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is meeting with some of his top contributors this weekend as he considers his next policy steps after last month’s convincing re-election victory for a second four-year term as leader of Florida.

The governor and his wife are heading to Miami on Sunday for what is being described as a dinner with top donors, according to sources familiar with details of the private event. It appears to be DeSantis’ first major grouping with major dollar donors since beating former GOP governor and Democratic congressman Charlie Crist by nearly 20 points in the gubernatorial contest. of November in the Sunshine State.

While sources say the dinner is a chance for the governor to celebrate his landslide victory with his top financial contributors, there will likely be conversation about the road ahead and a possible race for the White House.

Highlighting the relationship between DeSantis and his donors, a source in the governor’s broader political orbit told Fox News, “Over the next few months, I think the courtship will become clearer, and the question then becomes what is the timeline and what is its way forward I think that’s the question that concerns donors as much as anyone else.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis waves as he arrives for a press conference at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Dec. 1, 2022, in Key Biscayne, Florida.
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DeSantis for more than a year has steadily brushed aside talk of a 2024 White House run as he remains focused on his re-election as governor. But he’s become a major force in the GOP as he’s built a political brand that stretches from coast to coast, and political prognosticators see him as a potential presidential candidate.

While former President Trump, who launched his third run for the White House two weeks ago, is seen as the undisputed frontrunner in the GOP nomination race, DeSantis has seen his polls in Republican presidential polls of 2024 begin to rival those of Trump, and his fundraising prowess matches that of the former president.

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And the governor potentially dropped some 2024 hints during his victory speech on election night last month.

“We rewrote the political map,” DeSantis said. “As our country flounders due to failing leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right path.”

He took to the stage like a chant of “Two more years! Two more years!” erupted among supporters urging the governor to consider a national race in 2024.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an annual meeting of leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition on November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an annual meeting of leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition on November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Two weeks later, he delivered a keynote address that received numerous standing ovations at the annual meeting of leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition, billed as the GOP’s first major 2024 presidential call. There, the governor repeated his pledge. well used that “we have a lot more to do, and I’ve only just begun to fight”.

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And as Fox News first reported recently, DeSantis will chronicle his life in public service in a new book to be released in late February in what political pundits will see as another conservative champion step towards an eventual election. presidential in 2024. DeSantis’ autobiography is titled “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.”

Pence heads to New Hampshire

Writing a book is a rite of passage for many potential and actual presidential candidates. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is likely to launch a run for the White House, is on a national tour for his new autobiography, “So Help Me God.”

As Fox News first reported two weeks ago, Pence’s book tour will take him to the state of New Hampshire, crucial for the presidential nomination in early voting, which for a century held the first primary on the road to the White House.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen during a book signing at the Jewish Republican Coalition's annual leadership conference on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen during a book signing at the Jewish Republican Coalition’s annual leadership conference on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas
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Pence will host two book signings for his new memoir, in which the former vice president recounts his career, including his four years serving President Trump.

The former vice president, who has long been a champion of social-conservative voters, will host a book signing in Manchester, New Hampshire, with Cornerstone, a nonprofit Christian advocacy organization in the Granite State. And he will participate in a second book signing at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle with the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women.

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Pence, who has been busy for the past year and a half traveling the country campaigning and helping raise money for Republicans running for office in 2022, made several stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the first four states to vote. the schedule of Republican presidential nominations. Pence has taken steps such as building relationships in early-vote presidential primaries and caucuses that typically precede launching a White House campaign.

And Pence has already made stops on his book tour in Nevada last month and South Carolina on Tuesday.

Pence, in an interview with Fox News Digital last month, reiterated that a decision on his presidential run will not come until next year and added that he and his wife Karen “will make a decision where we we will feel called”. He added that he, his wife and their children will “pay close attention to prayer” to a White House race as they discuss it over the holidays.

Asked in an interview with Fox News’ John Roberts on Friday if he leaned one way or another, the former vice president replied that “our hearts still lean to find a way to defend the conservative agenda, for the values ​​that we have always advanced in our public career.

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“Whether I am a candidate or simply active in the cause, I will never stop fighting for the policies that I wrote about in the book that characterized my career in Congress, as governor of Indiana and as than your vice president.”

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