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DeSantis did not seek Trump’s endorsement: report

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Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did not seek the endorsement of former President Donald Trump in his 2022 re-election campaign, Politico reported Wednesday.

DeSantis, the massively popular 43-year-old Republican, is up for re-election in Florida in November. DeSantis has been widely touted as a potential challenger to Trump in 2024, and his reluctance to win Trump’s endorsement could be seen as a power play.

A source close to the former president’s political orbit told Fox News that Trump had not ruled out getting involved in the Florida governor’s race closer to the state’s Aug. 23 primary.

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DeSantis has always avoided questioning whether he plans to run for president in 2024, whether or not Trump is in the running. However, he raised eyebrows in early June when he won the 2024 straw poll at the Western Conservatives’ annual summit in Colorado.

The Florida Republican won the straw poll with 71% support, while Trump received 67%. The mock poll was based on an endorsement system that allowed participants to endorse multiple candidates. It was the second year in a row that DeSantis edged out Trump in the strawweight poll.

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Ron DeSantis with Donald Trump.

Ron DeSantis with Donald Trump.
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DeSantis is expected to be re-elected in November, with polls predicting a seven-point victory over former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is likely the Democratic nominee.

The DeSantis administration has pushed for multiple socially conservative policies, with the governor signing a 15-week abortion ban into law in April.

The governor also blocked the teaching of a slew of textbooks in public schools across the state after his administration determined they contained elements of critical race theory.

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“It seems that some publishers have tried to paint an old house built on common core foundations and indoctrinate concepts like racial essentialism, especially, oddly, for elementary school students,” DeSantis said in a statement at the time. . “I am grateful to Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department for conducting such a thorough review of these manuals to ensure that they comply with the law.”

The move came weeks after DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Actthat prevents educators from teaching about gender identity or sexual orientation to children between kindergarten and third grade.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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