Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Standing at Fox News Shifts, Opening Door for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as Potential 2024 GOP Contender
For a while, it appeared that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was poised to be Fox News‘ top choice as the GOP frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election, enjoying favorable coverage from the network.
However, recent developments suggest that DeSantis’ staunchly conservative views may not resonate beyond Florida’s borders.
Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News through News Corp., reportedly had a strategy to sideline Donald Trump in the upcoming election year, aiming to support the Republican Party’s future by “moving on” from the former president.
Initially seen as the rising star in the GOP, DeSantis faced a public relations battle with Disney that appears to be taking a toll on his campaign.
In light of DeSantis’ diminishing momentum, Fox News is now turning its attention to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as a potential alternative candidate.
Murdoch is apparently attempting to encourage Youngkin, known for his more moderate Republican views, to step into the national spotlight. However, Youngkin is cautious and intends to assess his party’s performance in Virginia’s November election before making any decisions.
A successful outcome in flipping state seats would signal his political readiness, despite facing hurdles in advancing his agenda due to a Democratic-led state Senate during his first term.
As DeSantis and Donald Trump navigate their political paths, it becomes evident that Fox News holds significant influence as a powerful media tool for GOP candidates.
With Murdoch at the helm, Youngkin might emerge as an unexpected contender, unburdened by the former president’s legal issues and positioned closer to the center than DeSantis.
If Youngkin secures the GOP nomination, he could present a serious challenge to Joe Biden in his re-election campaign.
The shifting dynamics at Fox News indicate that the network’s support could play a crucial role in shaping the 2024 Republican landscape.