A recent poll indicates that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the second-most preferred candidate among Republican voters, but he still trails far behind former President Donald Trump.
According to a US poll aggregator, DeSantis is polling at 18.6%, while Trump maintains a commanding lead at 51.9% among Republican voters for the 2024 presidential campaign.
However, despite the campaign’s efforts, there have been challenges in managing expenses. On Tuesday, it was announced that the 2024 presidential campaign for Ron DeSantis had to make some difficult decisions and cut a third of its staff to keep costs in check.
Campaign advisers confirmed that 38 positions were eliminated, affecting a considerable portion of the team. As of the end of June, the campaign had over 90 staffers, but this number had to be significantly reduced.
Two senior campaign advisers, Dave Abrams, and Tucker Obenshain, have already departed the campaign, along with some other staffers. They plan to continue supporting pro-DeSantis groups outside of the main campaign.
While the campaign reported an impressive fundraising amount of $20 million during the second quarter of 2023, a sizable portion of it has already been spent, as reported by US media.
Moreover, some of DeSantis’ major donors have already reached the legal maximum limit of contributions, making it challenging to replenish the campaign’s finances.
In light of these financial constraints, the campaign is taking steps to cut expenses by focusing on smaller and more intimate events, as mentioned during a donor retreat last week.
As part of the campaign shakeup, some senior staffers are being reassigned to new roles. Cody Hall, the current chief technology officer, will now also serve as the chief financial officer.
In the midst of these developments, one of the communications staffers and speech writers, Nate Hochman, has been let go from the DeSantis campaign.
This decision came after Hochman shared a controversial post on a social media platform, which displayed a symbol associated with Neo-Nazis and the Azov Battalion* in Ukraine, superimposed behind DeSantis’ face.
The campaign confirmed Hochman’s dismissal but declined to provide further comment on the matter.