TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAP NEWS DESK) - Ron DeSantis has represented Florida’s mid-east coast in Congress for five years. He announced his gubernatorial bid on FOX news.
Florida’s historic capitol building and current state capitol building, in Tallahassee on August 31, 2013.
DeSantis said, "With the support of the President, I’m in a position where I can exercise the leadership to build on the great work Governor Rick Scott has done to advance economic opportunity, reform education, and drain the swamp in Tallahassee, which needs to be drained, just like Washington.”
Days before Christmas, DeSantis got a ringing endorsement from Donald Trump, who tweeted he would be a great Governor.
Mac Stipanovich, a GOP Consultant said, “I think it pretty much upsets the whole apple cart.”
Stipanovich has helped elect GOP governors in Florida before. He believes DeSantis will force more mainstream Republican Adam Putnam to the right.
Stipanovich says, “DeSantis will be a right… crazy run over a dog in terms of right-wing populism. He will pull Adam to his right, as Adam tries to compete for that Trump vote.”
In a statement, Putnam’s campaign criticized DeSantis for making his announcement in a TV studio.
And if the GOP primary does take a hard turn to the right, the likely beneficiary: the Democratic nominee.
Democrat Gwen Graham quickly called DeSantis “out of touch and too extreme for Florida."
The race is still 11 months away.
The question is whether support from Trump is enough to drive Democrats to the polls. Typically Democrat turnout drops by more than a million voters in non-presidential elections.