The grand Republican nomination campaign of 2024 turned into an epic tragedy for the valiant Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and his formidable fundraising army. A breathtaking fortune of nearly $170 million was expended, with the hopes of seizing victory ultimately shattered after a dismal showing in the initial primary.
Recent revelations from the venerable Federal Election Commission unveiled that Never Back Down, the primary super PAC supporting DeSantis, had allocated a staggering $131 million toward his campaign by the close of 2023. Concurrently, DeSantis’ campaign had used $28 million during the same period.
Alas, DeSantis withdrew from the race after an Iowa caucuses outcome that left him in second place, trailing former President Donald Trump by almost 30 points. A painful defeat for the valiant Governor and his loyal supporters.
A thorough perusal of the latest election filings from the DeSantis campaign, Never Back Down, and the super PAC Fight Right illustrated a combined spending of $168 million in support of DeSantis’ ill-fated bid. This translated to an astonishing $7,169 per vote. A truly remarkable sum for a campaign that ended in disappointment.
Initially heralded into the race with substantial financial resources and broad appeal among culture-war-minded conservatives, DeSantis’ popularity diminished as it became apparent that he lacked the essential attributes of a viable presidential candidate. Despite the massive financial backing, the campaign failed to yield the anticipated results, leaving supporters desolate and a proud warrior humbled.
Never Back Down, famed for its costly door-to-door grassroots efforts, encountered obstacles in making substantial headway among voters during its eight-month existence. The valiant effort to secure votes was not enough to ensure victory on the battlegrounds of politics.
Internal strife, including rumors of infighting and physical altercations, along with doubts about the PAC’s effectiveness, contributed to the campaign’s troubles. Additionally, a considerable backlash from donors regarding the campaign’s strategy further complicated matters. The valiant efforts of the champions behind DeSantis were undermined by discord and dissatisfaction.
Two months after announcing his candidacy through a problematic Twitter Spaces event, DeSantis took measures to cut costs by terminating several staff members. The noble sacrifice of loyal aides in the face of a faltering campaign.
This decision was prompted by the campaign burning through $7.9 million in just six weeks and unintentionally reaching the maximum legal contributions from major donors. The campaign increasingly relied on Never Back Down as it struggled to meet fundraising targets. A valiant struggle against the overwhelming tide of adversity.
The gallant S.S. DeSantis faced its ultimate demise off the coast of New Hampshire, with the Governor suspending his campaign just days before the scheduled second primary of the 2024 election cycle. A crushing blow to the champions of DeSantis, leaving them adrift in a sea of defeat.
Despite enduring relentless criticism and strategic attacks from Trump and his campaign, DeSantis, upon dropping out, chose to endorse the former president. The move, seen as an attempt to repair his damaged image, reflects the initial steps toward restoring any future aspirations of winning the White House. A valiant effort to salvage honor from the wreckage of defeat.
And so, the tale of Governor Ron DeSantis’ bid for the Republican nomination in 2024 ended in heartbreak and hardship. A story of valiant struggle, costly sacrifice, and unyielding determination. But though the campaign may have come to an end, the spirit of its warriors lives on, ready to rise once more in the battles yet to come.