Ron DeSantis might not have been performing as well in recent early national polls, and he might have been facing many attacks by former President Donald Trump, but still, one metric appears to be in his favor as the crowd in his events following his recent tours across the country has expanded.
In recent months, DeSantis has had to deal with a number of challenges as he is potentially preparing to launch a 2024 presidential campaign. Namely, his stagnant performance in the polls and the fact that many donors have been withdrawing their potential support for the 2024 presidential election. Still, he has managed to sell out venues and even break local fundraising records in recent Republican Party events that he has headlined. In some cases, the organizers were even forced to look for a larger space to hold the event to accommodate the interest.
This was also true at the two events that DeSantis attended in Iowa this weekend. The Saturday GOP state party fundraiser in Cedar Rapids had also been sold out, which according to Iowa GOP party chair Jeff Kaufman has only happened once before in the last five years.
The fundraising picnic in Sioux Center, hosted by Rep. Randy Feenstra, and headlined by DeSantis also had its highest number of RSVPs.
Jeff Boeying, a DeSantis supporter from Iowa has stated that currently there was a lot of interest in options other than Trump.
DeSantis in the past few years has managed to gain a national platform after repeatedly making the news over his feud with Disney, his choice to keep schools and businesses open during COVID-19, and his war against “woke culture.”