DeSantis Bails On Sunday Shows Ahead Of New Hampshire

Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis pulled out of his scheduled Sunday appearances on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” citing a “last-minute schedule change.”

On Saturday evening, CNN posted on X, formerly Twitter, “Unfortunately, tomorrow’s scheduled interview on @CNNSOTU w/@RonDesantis was canceled by the campaign. We look forward to having the Governor join us on the show in the near future.”

A similar announcement came from NBC’s Kristen Welker.

This is just the latest in a string of signs indicating the Florida governor’s campaign for the White House is floundering. DeSantis largely skipped New Hampshire’s pivotal primary and focused elsewhere.

In particular, South Carolina. However, the Palmetto State is polling strongly in favor of former President Donald Trump, and he must also contend with former governor Nikki Haley for the state’s GOP voters.

DeSantis spent the majority of recent days in the South but had an event scheduled for Sunday evening in Manchester, New Hampshire. His campaign referred to this gathering as the reason for withdrawing from the network programs.

DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin posted on X that the Republican would be traveling with the campaign Sunday morning. He “has events scheduled Sunday evening through Tuesday” in New Hampshire.

After his second place Iowa showing, DeSantis was apparently unable to continue any momentum gained going into this week’s New Hampshire primary.

He managed to finish Iowa as the runner-up but was trounced by 30 points by Trump. The only saving grace was that he was able to narrowly push rival Nikki Haley down to third.

But New Hampshire is a different tale. According to polling averages ahead of the nation’s first primary, DeSantis trails Haley by as much as 30 points and is drawing roughly 6% of GOP support.

South Carolina appears to be where the governor is pinning his hopes for a dramatic turnaround, but the numbers just do not add up. He is polling at 9.4%, which is better than New Hampshire but nowhere near enough to overtake his two rivals.

The Trump campaign took the opportunity to retweet the news over the weekend that the Florida governor canceled two network appearances. It posted “The end is near…” as an obvious reference to rampant speculation that DeSantis’ run for the Oval Office is on its last legs.

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