Five Republican Florida state legislators have switched their endorsements from Governor Ron DeSantis to former President Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. This bombshell news signifies a significant shift in the political landscape, indicating that Trump’s influence within the party continues to be robust and commanding.
The five legislators – State Reps. Jessica Baker, Webster Barnaby, Alina Garcia, Kevin Steele, and State Sen. Debbie Mayfield – have flipped their support from DeSantis to Trump, causing a stir in the political world. Additionally, State Representatives Mike Beltran and David Borrero, who had not yet endorsed any candidate, threw their support behind the former president and GOP frontrunner.
This seismic shift in endorsements comes at a time when instability and economic uncertainty are rampant both domestically and globally. According to Baker, constituents across her district express their desire to see Trump back in the White House and DeSantis remain in Florida to continue his work.
Trump’s magnetic charisma was on full display at the Florida Freedom Summit, where he brought the newly converted legislators on stage during his address. The crowd reportedly showed the strongest support among all of the GOP candidates for president, chanting, “We love Trump!”
Trump’s endorsement list continues to grow, with the majority of Florida’s congressional delegation, including Reps. Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, and Anna Paulina Luna, showing their support. Fourteen of Florida’s Republican congress members endorse the former president, while only one has endorsed DeSantis.
In another significant victory for Trump, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) publicly endorsed him, stating, “He is the one person running that can really bring strength back to our country.”
Despite these setbacks, DeSantis remains undeterred. His team insists that the loss of these endorsements won’t make a significant impact on the race. According to Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’s spokesman, “Ron DeSantis is dominating the field — including the former president — in supportive state legislative endorsements from across the country.”
Nonetheless, the recent flip of allegiances has undeniably ruffled some feathers and stirred up the political pot. As the 2024 GOP primaries loom closer, the question remains: who will secure the Republican nomination? The answer lies in the hands of the party members and their chosen candidate’s ability to navigate the treacherous and unpredictable waters of American politics.