DeSantis Campaign Fires Dozen Staffers as Florida Governor Struggles to Close the Gap on Trump’s Lead

DeSantis Fires Roughly a Dozen Campaign Staffers as Florida Gov Fails to Cut Into Trump’s Lead: Report

The Florida Governor and 2024 Republican Presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis, has reportedly dismissed approximately twelve of his campaign staffers after his campaign failed to make a dent in former President Donald Trump’s lead. As DeSantis’s campaign burns through cash, more job losses are expected in the coming weeks. This cost-cutting shakeup comes less than two months after DeSantis officially launched his White House bid.

According to NBC, those who were fired were primarily mid-level staffers as part of an effort to reduce costs. Despite raising $20 million in just six weeks on the campaign trail, DeSantis’s campaign realized that they had possibly hired too many staffers too early. A Republican source familiar with the campaign’s thinking said, “They never should have brought so many people on, the burn rate was way too high.”

The campaign manager, Generra Peck, who also led DeSantis’s 2022 gubernatorial reelection campaign, is now facing scrutiny. A Morning Consult national poll released on Tuesday showed that Trump led among the eight candidates participating in the first Republican debate, with 56% of the support, followed by DeSantis at 17%.

One donor described DeSantis’s campaign as a revolving door of staffers, most of whom had never worked together before. During his three runs for Congress, DeSantis employed three different campaign teams, and he completely revamped his staff during his 2018 run for governor. As he seeks to boost his national profile, two senior advisors, Dave Abrams and Tucker Obenshain, have left the campaign this week to assist a non-profit organization.

According to Federal Election Commission finance reports filed on Saturday, DeSantis’s campaign currently lists 92 people on its payroll, more than any other GOP presidential candidate. However, DeSantis has been unable to significantly close the gap on Trump’s substantial lead, even in his home state of Florida, where Trump holds a 20-point lead over the Governor, according to a recent poll.

A confidential internal memo obtained by NBC News revealed that the DeSantis campaign plans to focus its efforts on early-voting states like Iowa, believing that they can sway Trump supporters. The memo indicates that early state voters are only loosely committed to the candidates at this stage and may make up their minds after meeting or watching them debate.

In conclusion, Ron DeSantis has made sweeping changes to his campaign team, dismissing several staffers in an effort to cut costs. As the campaign struggles to close the gap on Donald Trump, DeSantis is focusing on early-voting states to try and win over Trump supporters. With the presidential race heating up, it remains to be seen if these changes will have the desired impact on DeSantis’s campaign.