Former President Donald Trump is enjoying the endorsements of many Republicans as he seeks another term as president in 2024. In a latest series of support, Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan became the seventh GOP member in his state to endorse the Trump, following Reps. Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, Cory Mills, Anna Paulina Luna, John Rutherford, and Greg Steube, according to Newsmax.
Buchanan stated that Trump is the right person for the job, particularly noting issues with the economy and trade. “President Trump has done it before and will do it again,” he tweeted.
The endorsement followed an event where Governor Ron DeSantis met with strategists in Washington, D.C. Many allege that the events are not helping the governor’s chances at a bid for the White House. Speaking to Politico, Republican consultant Sarah Longwell noted that compared to Trump, DeSantis is not in as strong of a position.
Wisconsin Republican operative Mark Graul claimed that DeSantis is a strong candidate but has endeavored with how to capitalize on his popularity. While Trump enjoys support from over 40 Republicans across the states, DeSantis only has the public support of Reps. Laurel Lee of Florida, Chip Roy of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
Trump is leading DeSantis by double digits in straw polls for the GOP primary. But although Trump is popular with the majority of Republicans, he struggles with the general public. Biden is leading Trump in approval rating with 34% to 25%. The poll was reportedly conducted after Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on allegations of fraud over hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels.
But DeSantis is reportedly doing better in key battleground states against Biden. In Pennsylvania, DeSantis has a three-point lead, whereas Biden holds a four-point lead over Trump. In Arizona, DeSantis holds a six-point lead over Biden, but Biden leads Trump by one point.