DeSantis effectively ran for president of Iowa. He failed when roughly 115,000 souls went to make their voices heard. He now must drop out of the race. The governor risked it all in Iowa and worked hard there — 99 counties and almost a million doors, yet didn’t win a single county! — but he still got shellacked, mainly because he’s not likable and lacks the ability to persuade. Or maybe because he happily campaigned with avowed antisemites and refused to deny it.
He has no staff and virtually no money to go on. He is running a distant third or last in every state that follows and needs to return to Tallahassee and be a solid executive. If he doesn’t, he’s delusional and desperate, wasting others’ money while insulting his supporters and Florida constituents.
The interesting part is we are only a week from New Hampshire, and without Chris Christie, Haley has a chance to defeat Trump in the Granite State and will easily defeat Joe Biden in November. DeSantis is going nowhere in New Hampshire. He’s already flown to South Carolina.
Other than how soon Trump begins lashing out with libel and slander at Haley now that he’s concerned, the question is, will the Florida governor endorse anybody? The answer probably is not yet.
The unfortunate part, if you’re a Haley supporter — who is surging in New Hampshire and the only remaining option to knock off Trump or peel away the veneer of invincibility — is that DeSantis is often a predictable sycophant. So many of his supporters likely would go to the former president despite the frontrunner’s absence from debates, electability struggles, and legal issues.
Conspiratorial fraud Vivek Ramaswamy, by the way, had a disastrous night in Iowa. He’s finally ended his charade and predictably endorsed the guy for whom he’s been running as a proxy for the last 11 months.
But when will or does all this occur? Only one week until the Granite Staters vote. It’s now a two-person race.