“No governor in America understands what we’re up against better than Ron Desantis,” Laxalt said during a radio appearance on the eve of the rally.
“DeSantis is the future president of the United States, so I had to see him,” said Jamie Fulmer, clinic manager for a local orthopedic surgeon who vacationed in the Jacksonville, Florida area amid the pandemic “just to be in your home”. State.”
“So if he supports Laxalt, I think he should give this guy a chance,” she said.
“There is four years of evidence that Trump’s political successes do not outweigh his personality weaknesses in the minds of undecided voters,” Joecks wrote. “Go with a guy who has delivered similar results to Trump but has superior messaging discipline and strategic thinking.”
Democrats believe abortion policy will be big in Nevada, where a woman’s right to the procedure is enshrined in state law.
“Adam Laxalt has never missed an opportunity to attack women’s reproductive rights, and now he’s campaigning with an anti-choice governor who has just signed an abortion law with no exceptions for victims of rape, incest or human trafficking,” said Sigalle Reshef. , spokesperson for the Cortez Masto campaign. . “The campaign with Governor DeSantis is part of Laxalt’s long history of working to turn back the clock on abortion rights in Nevada – and that’s exactly what he would do in the Senate.”
A potential challenger for Trump
As in other parts of the country, Trump remains the most popular figure among Nevada Republicans and a big favorite to win the 2024 nomination if he attempts a third run for the White House. Robin Titus, minority leader in the state Assembly and former co-chair of Trump’s Nevada campaign, said Republicans are waiting to see what the former president decides before looking for new horses to support.
But Titus said DeSantis was becoming a household name even among ordinary Republicans. She said he has won many supporters with his fight against pandemic-related mandates and restrictions, and they continue to follow him to see what problem he faces next.
“People don’t have a guttural reaction to Ron DeSantis the way people come to me about Trump,” Titus said. “I was a proud Trump supporter, but I can say that to anyone and there may or may not be a good reaction. It looks different with DeSantis.”
While polls indicate that DeSantis’ influence with conservatives is growing, the Florida governor has spent little political capital sharing his new spotlight with other Republican candidates. While DeSantis has attended rallies for Trump in 2020, he hasn’t ventured out of state to help other Republicans in close races.
DeSantis’s campaign declined to say whether the Nevada trip signals he may be opening up his out-of-state political agenda to push more Republicans ahead of the midterms, or if he’s simply doing a favor for an old friend of his. navy. DeSantis had intended to headline a fried fish for Laxalt in Nevada last year, but had to cancel because of a tropical storm.
His reception in Las Vegas suggested that more appearances would be welcomed by Republicans, as would his participation in the contested primaries. People who called a local conservative radio station praised DeSantis ahead of his visit, with one of them citing Florida’s new electoral security force as a model for the country. By 4pm, several hundred people were already crowded into the country music hall, ordering drinks and checking out a mechanical bull. By comparison, a recent Laxalt event with Texas Senator Ted Cruz drew about 140 people, according to local reports.
Christy and Barrett Adams of Las Vegas said they came to see Laxalt because he had support from DeSantis and Trump.
“If these two superheroes support him, we think we have to listen to what he has to say,” Christy Adams said.
Joanna Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for RGA, told CNN: “Obviously, we appreciate (DeSantis’s) support for any of our governors or nominees. But this is an issue for his staff and the candidates.”
DeSantis has built “quite an angry following” in Nevada without making frequent visits to the state, said Jeremy Hughes, a longtime Republican Party strategist in the state. It’s a strategy he believes aims to “leave Nevadans wanting more”.
“Once he leaves, it becomes a must-event,” said Hughes. “You don’t want overexposure, where people say, ‘I just saw this guy last week. Don’t you have a state to run?'”