DeSantis' Biggest Donor Considers Backing Trump

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    The Facts

    • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' biggest donor, Robert Bigelow, is reportedly considering switching his support to former president Donald Trump, alleging the conservative governor has been running a weak campaign.

    • Though the Nevada hotel entrepreneur insisted he was "pro-Trump," he said he would "remain on the sidelines" and only financially back Trump once he was sure the Republican hopeful isn't headed to prison.


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Ron DeSantis is far behind Donald Trump in the polls, currently dueling it out with Nikki Haley for the second-place position. His funding is not exactly in the best of health, despite a strong cash haul since launching his presidential campaign in May. As there's a lot of frustration with the DeSantis campaign, it's astute for Bigelow to be shifting loyalties and looking for an alternative for the public good.

    Anti-Trump narrative

    While some donors may have grown wary of the DeSantis campaign, it doesn't mean his presidential dreams are doomed. Prominent Republican donors, including Canary CEO Dan Eberhart and Point Bridge Capital CEO Hal Lambert, believe his 2024 bid is on track. The amount of funding raised by DeSantis' campaign so far is indicative of a sense of renewal among his supporters.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 2% chance that, on Jan. 1, 2024, prediction markets will say Ron DeSantis is the most likely Republican nominee for President in 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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