DeSantis not asking Trump for endorsement: report – Orlando Sentinel

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is not asking former President Donald Trump for an endorsement for the 2022 gubernatorial race, according to a report in Politico.

Citing four unnamed sources close to both the governor and Trump, no ask has been made, and there are no plans to.

DeSantis rode a Trump endorsement in 2018 to a GOP primary win over Adam Putnam, and then a narrow win over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

For 2022, DeSantis is likely to face either former governor, now Rep. Charlie Crist or Agriculture Secretary Nikki Fried, who are running for this year’s Democrat primary.

Farther out, DeSantis has been seen as a viable GOP nominee for the 2024 presidential race, which would put him at odds with Trump, who may also seek the nomination. At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering in Orlando in February, Trump won a straw poll with 59% of the vote compared to DeSantis’ 28% as to whom attendees wanted to run for president. DeSantis, though, beat Trump in the Western Conservative Summit straw poll held in Colorado earlier this month.

Trump’s endorsement of candidates had proven to turn drive candidates to the GOP nomination in many cases since winning the presidency in 2016, but 2022′s primaries have been hit or miss for Trump’s choices.

His recommendations to oust Georgia GOP incumbents Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in their primaries failed, for instance, but his choice for the GOP nominee in an Alabama Senate race came through.

Even though DeSantis has reportedly not asked for an endorsement, a source told Politico that if asked, Trump would give it.

Read more at Politico.com.

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