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The Failures of Ron DeSantis: A Closer Look


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Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida awakened in Iowa with a well-known political headache.The man he’s chasing within the polls, Donald J. Trump, had simply been disqualified from the poll in Colorado in yet one more authorized assault that Mr. Trump leveraged to solid himself as a sufferer. And so Mr. DeSantis trod fastidiously the subsequent morning outdoors Des Moines when he known as Mr. Trump a “high-risk” selection, alluding to “all the other issues” — 91 felony counts, 4 indictments, the Colorado ruling — going through the previous president.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Mr. DeSantis stated. “But it’s reality.” He was speaking about Mr. Trump’s predicament. But he may simply as simply have been speaking about his personal.

Boxed in by a base enamored with Mr. Trump that has instinctively rallied to the previous president’s protection, Mr. DeSantis has struggled for months to match the hype that adopted his landslide 2022 re-election. Now, with the primary votes within the Iowa caucuses solely weeks away on Jan. 15, Mr. DeSantis has slipped in some polls into third place, behind Nikki Haley, and has needed to downsize his once-grand nationwide ambitions to the straightforward hopes {that a} robust exhibiting in a single state — Iowa — may vault him again into rivalry.


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