Tonight in Iowa, Ron DeSantis will face what is likely to be the most important moment of his campaign as he contemplates the possibility of placing third, if the polls are accurate. He spent more time and effort here than any other state, and he is expected to do poorly in New Hampshire, the state that comes next.
Earlier today, the campaign reiterated that opponents Nikki Haley, who has witnessed an increase in poll numbers and seems to be gathering momentum, and distant frontrunner Donald Trump had it worst. “Just the way we like it” being the underdog, campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo said.
What DeSantis had to say this morning on HEADLINESFOREVER was that “sometimes these expectations get set, and that can be bad for some candidates, too.” He went on to say that he thought an intriguing story could come out of it.
His supporters have told HEADLINESFOREVER that they no longer support him winning Iowa outright and instead aim for second place; they do not think third place is acceptable. Even though Haley has the lead in the polls, DeSantis’s caucus attendees are more fervently in his support, even when contrasted with Trump’s.
According to other supporters of Ron DeSantis, the public and the media must confront the reality that the governor of Florida will continue to run beyond Iowa, regardless of the outcome of tonight’s race. The storyline that DeSantis would require to prevail in Iowa irked New Hampshire Majority Leader Jason Osborne, who was an early supporter of DeSantis.
He claimed to have devoted a great deal of time to reassuring others. Iowa isn’t a must-win for him. It will take a long time because there are 50 states. After the first round, the game continues.
A good showing in Iowa will be the first indication of who that potential opponent could be, but donors and voters tired of Trump will be seeking momentum from a candidate best capable of challenging him. It all comes down to the campaign funds for DeSantis, no matter how much he wants to run the gamut. It is unclear when the campaign will run out of money, as they have not yet revealed their fourth quarter fundraising totals.
Anonymously relaying private talks, one DeSantis fundraiser expressed their disbelief in DeSantis’s ability to “pull it together.”
“They made a lot of mistakes early on, but they’ve since fixed them… “Donald Trump had his foot on his throat by the time he had his footing,” the donor added.
Plus, if you look at the polling average from FiveThirtyEight, DeSantis is only at 6% support in New Hampshire, while Haley is at 30% and Trump is at 43%.