Yair Rosenberg“On paper, DeSantis’ campaign is in dire straits: He trails front-runner Trump by a two-to-one margin in national polls. But there’s no national primary, only individual state contests – and the first of these will take place in Iowa in early 2024. The outcome of this showdown has the potential to shape the entire primary to follow, and pivoting heavily towards the right on social issues, including abortion and gender, DeSantis has methodically positioned himself to win it…”
“Of course, there is a cost to running a campaign designed to attract your party’s strongest supporters. By occupying unpopular positions to win the primary, a candidate puts himself at a disadvantage in general elections, where independent voters tend to punish perceived extremism.
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