Many people were surprised earlier this year when Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, announced his plan to create “an expansive political coalition” of conservative Republicans, independent voters, and even some moderate Democrats. Initially, DeSantis’ coalition seemed promising. However, just a few months later, it appears that the coalition has largely deflated.
DeSantis had hoped to bring together voters along the political spectrum, and so far, the attempt to do so has been a total failure. Moderate Republicans and independents have largely refused to join forces with DeSantis, as have some MAGA supporters who view the Governor as too moderate for their taste. Meanwhile, many moderate Democrats have remained skeptically on the sidelines, viewing DeSantis as too conservative for them.
The lack of support from moderate voters has been particularly detrimental to DeSantis’ coalition. This is due, in part, to the fact that moderate voters often serve as the deciding factors in close elections. Without their support, there is a good chance that DeSantis’ coalition will fail to dominate the 2022 mid-term elections in Florida.
The fact that DeSantis has failed to attract significant support from outside his own party may not bode well for his political ambitions. With growing dissatisfaction among both Republicans and Democrats, his coalition could quickly dissolve if pressure mounts. For DeSantis, the coming months and years will be an important test of whether or not he can succeed in creating a broad coalition that can win elections.