How DeSantis Has Gained A Massive Conservative Following

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has placed a lot of his attention on educational issues which are widely seen by conservatives as a key part of his agenda and have helped increase his national profile ahead of a possible White House bid.

DeSantis won his reelection in the 2022 midterm by the largest margin of any governor in many decades. The GOP has often applauded his efforts in reopening the state early during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as in his recent incident with the College Board over the inclusion of an AP African American studies course.

Currently, DeSantis is the only other Republican to be polling well apart from former President Trump. This makes the two men the two most likely contenders for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

However, David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, told the Hill that the GOP should actually consider looking at other candidates. He also added that “DeSantis is in the strongest position.”

DeSantis’ actions when it comes to education, while greatly supported by the GOP, have not yet been tested with voters, so it remains to be seen whether or not they will be effective.

Apart from the reopening of schools during the pandemic, and the recent clash over the AP African studies course, his ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill caused a lot of stir last year.

The Parental Rights in Education bill has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Blocks instruction of gender identity issues and sexual orientation from classrooms for children between kindergarten and third grade.


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