DeSantis loses endorsements to Trump following botched campaign rollout
New Hampshire state legislators switched their 2024 presidential endorsements from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to former President Donald Trump, citing the governor’s technological problems launching his campaign as the reason for the decision.
DeSantis announced his long-anticipated campaign for the White House on Wednesday using Twitter Spaces, but the stream was met with glitches and other technological problems.
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Republican state Rep. Sandra Panek said in a statement on Thursday that she would be switching her endorsement to Trump because DeSantis was unable to “properly run” his campaign launch on Twitter.
“After being less than impressed with Ron DeSantis’s official announcement last night, I am hereby switching my endorsement to President Donald J. Trump,” Panek said. “We can’t expect someone to run the country if they can’t properly run their own campaign launch.”
“The stakes are simply too great in 2024 to take a chance on someone as unreliable as DeSantis — we need a proven winner like President Trump to take back the White House and Make America Great Again,” Panek said.
Republican state Rep. Juliet Harvey-Bolia also switched her dual endorsement of Trump and DeSantis to just Trump on Wednesday, emphasizing DeSantis would be better suited as a candidate in the future.
“I’m proud to announce my full endorsement for President Trump, and only Trump. He’ll keep us out of war and prosperous as he has in the past,” Harvey-Bolia said. “Ron DeSantis will make a great candidate in 2028. I expect Republicans will unite behind President Trump.”
Trump continues to hold the most endorsements from national lawmakers and state politicians. DeSantis received 37 endorsements from Iowa local and state legislators after visiting the state prior to his campaign launch.
He has been endorsed by several Florida state lawmakers and U.S. Reps. Laurel Lee (R-FL), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Chip Roy (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), and Rich McCormick (R-GA). No U.S. senators have announced their support of DeSantis’s campaign, with many opting to wait to endorse until the party selects a nominee.
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Eleven U.S. senators have endorsed Trump, including Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). More than 50 members of the House of Representatives have announced their support of the former president, as well as two GOP governors — Henry McMaster (SC) and Jim Justice (WV), who is running for Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) seat in 2024.
The Washington Examiner reached out to DeSantis for comment.