DeSantis Raises $1 Million in First Hour of Presidential Candidacy

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis raised $1 million inside one hour of formally asserting his presidential candidacy, in keeping with his marketing campaign.

DeSantis introduced his 2024 run for president on Might 24 throughout a Twitter Areas interview with the social media platform’s proprietor Elon Musk. However the interview was affected by technical issues as Twitter’s internet servers repeatedly crashed.

“There was a lot enthusiasm for Governor DeSantis’ imaginative and prescient for our Nice American Comeback that he actually busted up the web,” DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin mentioned in a Twitter post. “Washington is subsequent. $1 million raised on-line in a single hour … and counting!”

The technical points, in keeping with Desantis’ marketing campaign supervisor Generra Peck, have been attributable to the sheer variety of folks attempting to tune in to the interview.

“Simply acquired off the telephone with @elonmusk + @DavidSacks – heard behind the scenes particulars from Twitter as they dealt with the almost 1 million folks attempting to get into the Areas room,” she revealed on Twitter after the interview had concluded.

“They’d greater than 700k within the room to start out with tons of of hundreds attempting to get in … needed to relocate the room,” she added, urging supporters to donate and “assist us break WinRed too.”

Hours earlier than the announcement, DeSantis filed the formal notification of his marketing campaign with the Federal Election Fee.

The announcement follows months of hypothesis over whether or not he would enter the race and problem former President Donald Trump, his ally-turned-rival, for the Republican nomination.

In keeping with the most recent RealClearPolitics common, Trump holds a major lead within the Republican major area, carrying 56 p.c of the vote—a 37-point benefit over DeSantis, who has persistently polled in second place.

The Florida governor will look to reverse a downward development in help he has seen since late March, when Trump’s controversial indictment by a New York grand jury boosted the 45th president within the polls.

Different declared Republican contenders embody South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, conservative discuss present host Larry Elder, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who introduced his bid on Might 22.

Trump reacted to the most recent additions to the sector on Fact Social, writing: “Tim Scott’s Presidential launch, even with the damaged microphone (don’t pay the contractor, Tim!), was by far the very best Presidential launch of the week. Robs was a disaster!”

“Rob” is certainly one of a number of nicknames Trump has assigned DeSantis in current months.

DeSantis, alternatively, has largely averted criticizing Trump, save for a couple of delicate digs right here and there.

Along with his candidacy now official, nonetheless, Republican voters will seemingly be watching intently within the coming months to see if and the way that dynamic modifications.