DeSantis, looking to 2024, hosts Florida conference with top GOP governors and candidates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been maneuvering for a possible White House race in 2024, held a one-day conference in Fort Lauderdale with several high-profile Republican governors and candidates in late June, a source close to confirmed from one of the CBS News participants. .

Among those present was Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s former White House press secretary and current GOP gubernatorial candidate from Arkansas, and Adam Laxalt, Republican gubernatorial candidate from Nevada, were also present at the “informal” meetings of Florida.

The networking conference connected prominent Republicans with DeSantis donors and conservative media figures.

The meeting was first reported by Policy. DeSantis has increased his national presence as he considers a possible presidential bid.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attends a media event regarding the 2022 Florida Python Challenge, June 16, 2022, in Miami.

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DeSantis’ team did not respond to requests for comment at the time of publication.

In recent GOP presidential polls — including a New York Times and Siena College poll released on Tuesday – the Republican governor of Florida is the only potential 2024 GOP contender to have double-digit results from party primary voters against former President Donald Trump, who still leads well above the rest of the potential 2024 field In that poll, 49% opted for Trump over DeSantis, who had 25%, and the rest, like former Vice President Mike Pence, were in the single digits.

However, that same poll showed “nearly half of party primary voters are looking for someone different” for president in 2024 than Trump “and a significant number vowing to ditch him if he wins the nomination.” .

In a statement responding to the new poll which also shows Trump losing to President Joe Biden by 44% to 41%, the former president attacked the New York Times for “false polls, bogus stories and made up quotes – they are a disgrace to journalism. and delayed it for many years. THE NEW YORK TIMES IS REALLY THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”