Huge DeSantis Shakeup

Ron DeSantis

( – In a significant setback for his ailing primary efforts, the resignation of Chris Jankowski, the Never Back Down super PAC CEO, has dealt a significant blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ aspirations in the 2024 presidential race.

In a statement reported by the New York Times, Jankowski stated that the current circumstances rendered it impossible for him to achieve the organization’s primary objective: electing Governor DeSantis as President.

He noted, “Given the current environment it has become untenable for me to deliver on the shared goal and that goes well beyond a difference of strategic opinion. For the future of our country I support and pray Ron DeSantis is our 47th president.”

Jankowski’s departure follows closely after DeSantis secured endorsements from conservative figures, including Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa’s Family Leader organization and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Despite these endorsements and DeSantis’s renewed focus on Iowa’s electorate, internal discord within his campaign appears to be escalating.

Initially viewed as former President Donald Trump’s primary rival, DeSantis faces increasing competition from former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Her growing popularity among Republican voters has reportedly caused friction within the DeSantis camp.

The tension was exemplified in a recent heated confrontation between two DeSantis supporters during a private meeting, as reported by NBC News, regarding the super PAC’s strategies to counter Haley’s rise.

A new pro-DeSantis super PAC, Fight Right, was established amid these challenges. This group has launched a campaign in Iowa, drawing comparisons between Haley and Hillary Clinton in an effort to resonate with the state’s Republican electorate.

Fight Right’s emergence, supported by a significant financial boost, reportedly stems from dissatisfaction with Never Back Down’s leadership and DeSantis’s lagging performance in polls.

While DeSantis holds a marginal lead over Haley in Iowa, he trails her in critical states like New Hampshire and South Carolina, per RealClearPolitics polling averages.

Furthermore, both DeSantis and Haley are significantly behind Trump nationally, indicating a challenging path ahead for DeSantis’s presidential ambitions.