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DeSantis to stump for Trump-backed candidates in battleground states

The pair are considered frontrunners for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

August 11, 2022 7:59pm

Updated: August 12, 2022 11:34am

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to visit four battleground states this month to boost several candidates favored by his biggest potential rival in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

The popular Republican will be traveling to New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Ohio to headline “Unite and Win” rallies organized by Turning Point Action, which hopes to “unite” the GOP ahead of upcoming elections, reports Fox News.

"Gov. DeSantis is America’s governor and one of the most popular leaders in America," Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point Action, told Fox News.

"He has become the model for a new conservative movement that is willing to stand on principle and to actually fight on behalf of the values of his voters."

The Florida governor will be supporting a number of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump on his tour, including Ohio Republican candidate for Senate JD Vance, Pennsylvania's GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, and Arizona Republicans Blake Masters and Kari Lake, candidates for Senate and governor, respectively.

DeSantis has worked to stay aligned with the former President despite how the two are considered the frontrunners for 2024 GOP presidential candidate.

He was quick to condemn the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday, saying in a statement: “The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”

Trump has repeatedly teased another run for president, saying in a recent interview that he has come to a decision but was waiting for the right time to announce it.

Polls have returned mixed results on which Republican would win the 2024 presidential primary. Trump won the CPAC Texas straw poll last week, but DeSantis outperformed him in a recent Florida poll.