Six moments DeSantis got it wrong in doomed bid to take down Trump

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) ended his 2024 presidential campaign on Sunday after a turbulent eight months in the race.

The Florida governor had several moments before and during his ill-fated candidacy that hurt his campaign, from technical glitches during his launch to awkward interactions with voters. Here are six lowlights from the doomed DeSantis campaign.

Waiting too long to enter the race

DeSantis’s earliest misstep came before the campaign began when he waited until May 2023 to announce his candidacy. He had won his reelection as governor of Florida in a 20-point landslide in November 2022 and was widely seen as a viable contender in the GOP presidential field after several candidates backed by former President Donald Trump lost their races.

DeSantis had been polling within striking distance of Trump after the 2022 election but lost momentum when Trump was
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