Ron DeSantis’ Presidential campaign is not going according to plan.
The Florida Governor entered the race with much fanfare only to see Donald Trump grow his lead in the polls after multiple indictments.
And now Ron DeSantis is in deep trouble after one key ally just abandoned him.
Fox Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch wants someone to defeat former President Donald Trump in 2024.
After racking up an historic 19-point landslide re-election win last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis looked like that candidate, and coverage of DeSantis on Fox News and the rest of the Murdoch media empire reflected that.
But Governor DeSantis has not proved to be the political dynamo many thought he’d be as a Presidential candidate.
Polls show DeSantis falling further behind Trump, and now, Murdoch is reportedly jumping ship.
A Fox News source told Rolling Stone that the company’s founder and his son, Fox Corporation executive Chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch, “are transactional and can smell a loser a mile away.”
“And DeSantis is underperforming,” the source added. “Anybody can see that … [and the Murdochs], they’re seeing it, too.”
Murdoch also owns The New York Post, which recently made the decision to start attacking the Governor.
The Post’s “On the Money” column openly mocked DeSantis for lowering the cost to attend a private fundraiser in the Hamptons, home of the big money New York elite.
“DeSantis is now in the discount section,” a DeSantis campaign source allegedly told The Post.
DeSantis raised a record $8 million on his first day as a Presidential candidate.
But the campaign also reported an average contribution of over $200, suggesting that DeSantis’ total was bolstered by big money donors making the max contribution.
The Post reported this reality led DeSantis to cut the cost of a ticket to his fundraiser to attract a lower tier of donors to his event.
“He seems to have lowered the entry fee to meet him, which is often a sign that he has already milked most of the ‘big money’ from New York,” The Post also reported.
Governor DeSantis was the favorite of many top Republican donors who previously supported Trump’s past two White House runs.
But big money donors are not going to keep throwing money at any campaign that continues to fail to gain traction.
“DeSantis is funded by a couple of billionaires — his campaign is not grassroots,” a GOP source claimed. “People see other options now — Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott, Mike Pence are alternatives.”
There are still six months to go before any votes are cast in the Republican Presidential Primary.
But momentum in politics tends to snowball after a narrative takes shape.
Murdoch is reportedly now eying Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin as a potential alternative to Trump.
And Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is feeding the story that the DeSantis campaign is in a downward spiral to try and lure Youngkin into the race.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.