Democratic Governors’ Association Planning to Forego DeSantis Challenge Amid Midterm Fears

US Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican of Florida, and candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a rally with US President Donald Trump at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The national Democratic Party governor’s association is planning on refocusing resources away from a challenge to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022, fearing the conservative governor to be unstoppable, according to reporting from Politico published over the weekend.

Two Democratic Party insiders have been cited admitting the Democratic Governors’ Association has “deprioritized” Florida political efforts, instead diverting funding to vulnerable Democratic governors and candidates who will face a punishing electoral atmosphere in 2022.

Career politician and perennial candidate Charlie Crist has already announced a challenge to DeSantis. Electoral trends showing the Atlantic state to be increasingly Republican, even as other southern states bow before the Democratic Party, have endured in several recent federal elections, with political observers increasingly recognizing the once-purple Florida as a solidly red state. DeSantis holds $60 million in cash for political campaign spending, a sum that potentially could be used for a federal campaign as well as a state reelection bid.

Admitted political trickster Roger Stone has pledged to challenge DeSantis as a potential “spoiler” candidate in 2022, demanding the governor pledge to serve a full second term and forgo any Republican Party primary challenge to former President Trump in the 2024 election. Polls generally show President Trump with a dominant lead in a hypothetical 2024 primary against DeSantis.

With President Joe Biden’s reign shaping up as a national disgrace and an embarrassment, the Democratic Party is increasingly fearful of the 2022 midterms, especially after the 2021 off-year elections resulted in losses for Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York.

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