Democrats have given up on the prospect of unseating Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The Democratic Governors Association has decided not to enter the fight.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Democratic Governors Association will not prioritize efforts to unseat Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R.) in light of the hefty costs of boosting a challenger and the slim odds of a Democratic win in the race, according to a Politico report.
The DGA, a political organization “dedicated to electing Democratic governors and candidates,” has spent more than $15 million on the last two Florida gubernatorial elections, according to Politico. But Florida Democratic consultants in contact with the association told the outlet that the DGA is standing down ahead of the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election, essentially surrendering the race to DeSantis.
The organization is occupied with defending Democratic incumbents this cycle, the consultants said, and lacks confidence that a Democratic challenger could topple DeSantis. The enormous costs of effectively advertising across Florida would be a major drain on the DGA’s finances if it were to prioritize the state’s election.
“I spoke to [the DGA] two weeks ago. … DeSantis is looking strong politically and financially,” one consultant told Politico. “They might do some money, but they are not going the way they have been in the past. There are not going to be multimillion-dollar checks.”
The DGA prioritizes keeping incumbents in office and fighting for open seats. Challenging incumbents is a low priority and it becomes even lower when the incumbent is as strong as DeSantis.