Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will not voluntarily remove his name from GOP primary ballots in Colorado despite calls from fellow candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to do so.
Ron DeSantis says he will not follow Vivek Ramaswamy’s lead and withdraw from the Colorado primary if Donald Trump is not on the ballot. pic.twitter.com/0EJZLj47CN
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Ramaswamy made a statement shortly after former President Donald Trump was removed from Colorado ballots by the state’s Supreme Court citing his role in the events of January 6.
“I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie and Nikki Haley do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country,” Ramaswamy said in a statement.
DeSantis has come out in support of Trump following the ruling by the Colorado court, but he also believes that the decision will be ultimately overturned and sees no reason to remove his name from a state he wants to win.
“No, I think that’s just playing into the left. I think the case will get overturned by the Supreme Court, but I’ve qualified for all the ballots, I’m competing in all the states, and I’m going to accumulate the delegates necessary,” DeSantis replied on NewsMax after being asked if he would withdraw his name from Colorado ballots.
DeSantis also went a step further in describing what he believes Democrats are doing leading up to the 2024 Presidential election.
“Look, it’s unfair. They’re abusing power, 100%,” DeSantis told an audience in Urbandale, Iowa. “But the question is: Is that going to work? And I think they have a playbook that unfortunately will work and it’ll give Biden or the Democrat or whoever, the ability to skate through this thing. That’s their plan.”
As the AP states, “While the trail of lawsuits and criminal charges following Trump had been expected to seriously damage his candidacy, they have instead had the opposite effect among Republicans. Primary voters — including many who had been open to backing rival candidates — have rallied around the former president.”
As DeSantis was stating, the lawsuits against Trump have entrenched his supporters and caused other Republicans to rally around him. That may not be the case in the general election as the lawsuits pile up and independent voters become the most important piece of the puzzle.
Trump will almost definitely request a review of the decision to keep him off the Colorado ballots by the Supreme Court, and if he does so by January 4, his name will likely be on the ballot in Colorado.