Money talks in politics — and right now, it seems to be saying that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is building nationwide support ahead of a possible presidential bid.
Reports indicate that almost half of the money his re-election campaign has received this year came from sources outside of Florida. Newsmax recently detailed the governor’s fundraising numbers, specifically from the beginning of January until July 15.
Breaking down the numbers
In total, the political action committee Friends of Ron DeSantis brought in $36.7 million during that period. The most interesting aspect seems to be where the money originated.
About $17 million, or 47% of the total, came from out-of-state-donors. The remaining $19.7 million was donated by his own constituents in Florida.
While the overall total of in-state donations was higher, there were actually more individual donors from outside of the state. All told, there were 6,929 out-of-state donations compared to 4,700 originating in Florida.
Among those donations from outside of the state was at least one donor from each state, as well as D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In fact, some of the biggest numbers actually came from traditionally Democratic strongholds.
California represented the most out-of-state donors with 500, while New Yorkers donated the most with $124,100.
What it means
These numbers become even more impressive when compared to the fundraising hauls of the governor’s Democratic challengers, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
Not only are both Democrats trailing DeSantis overall, but they have received nowhere close to as much out-of-state financial support. For Crist, 11% of his campaign donations have come from outside of Florida; for Fried, the number is just 4%.
Although it is unclear how these trends could translate to a bid for national office, the governor’s out-of-state support appears to show the kind of reception that would benefit a possible presidential campaign.
DeSantis has consistently been near the top of the list of possible GOP frontrunners in the 2024 race, trailing only former President Donald Trump. Thus far, he has not confirmed whether he will actually throw his hat in the ring and is likely waiting to see whether Trump decides to launch a bid for a second term.
Given the latest fundraising numbers, however, it seems that the foundation for a DeSantis presidential campaign is already being established.