Why Ron Descent could defeat Trump in 2024

Jonathan Chait: “One of the points I made in my feature story on Dissentis in March was that he benefited from the concerted efforts of the Republican elite to promote his candidacy. The combination of dissent behind it reminds us of how the party came together behind George W. Bush in 1999. What started out as a wide-ranging race with multiple competitors was quickly won when the word came out that Bush had chosen. “

“Something similar is happening with DeSantis. DeSantis is collecting cash from the party’s donor class with the support of at least 42 billionaires. The most telling fact about the New Hampshire poll is that while Descentis leads Trump overall by just two points, he is 14 points ahead of Fox News viewers and 16 points among conservative radio listeners. Republicans who use conservative media are getting the message. Voters who have not yet contacted the conservative media can still name Trump in the vote, but they can follow. “

“Importantly, support for DeSantis widens the current internal divisions within the party among anti-Trump conservatives – who hate Trump as responsible and want him to leave but support him against the Democrats – and enthusiastically pro-Trump conservatives.”

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