Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is building support in the early Primary states.
He’s on the verge of getting a game-changing boost for his campaign.
And Ron DeSantis has one ace up his sleeve that could turn the Primary upside down.
The Iowa caucus is the first contest on the Republican Presidential Primary calendar next January and will set the tone for the rest of the Primary.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is making a major push to win the state and shake up the direction of the primary.
A win in Iowa would shatter the aura of inevitability around former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis has built impressive grassroots support in the state and earned the endorsement of influential conservative activists and politicians.
He’s angling for the biggest endorsement left on the board in the state, popular Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
Historically, Iowa Governors have stayed neutral in the Primary but there are signs that Reynolds could break that tradition.
Trump surprised many Iowans by attacking Reynolds for her friendly relationship with the Florida governor.
DeSantis told reporters on a call that earning the endorsement of Reynolds would be a “huge get” for his campaign in the state, adding he’d “love” to get it.
“Obviously, I would love to have her support, formal support,” DeSantis said. “I think it would be very, very meaningful. I think what she’s been able to do in Iowa has really been a model for how people should govern.”
He added that as he’s crisscrossed the state during his campaign, he’s heard from many Iowans about how happy they are with Reynolds as Governor.
DeSantis has been courting the support of Reynolds dating back to the spring before he formally launched his presidential campaign.
He called Reynolds “America’s Governor” during an appearance in the state for his book tour in March.
“This guy is a man on a mission,” Reynolds said in March.
In July, DeSantis praised the Iowa Governor after Trump lashed out at her.
He called her “a strong leader who knows how to ignore the chirping and get it done” who “earned a landslide re-election because she delivered big results.”
Reynolds has been mentioned as a potential Vice President pick for DeSantis.
Trump has a sizable lead in Iowa polling but the state has seen challengers make a late surge in the caucus to win like, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2016.
Iowa polls show that the vast majority of voters are still deciding on who they plan to caucus for next year with only about a quarter locked into supporting Trump.
Reynolds is extremely popular with Republicans in Iowa and her endorsement could give Ron DeSantis a major boost with undecided GOP voters heading into the caucus.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments to this ongoing story.