The expected announcement this week from Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that he is running for president will come as no surprise. While DeSantis won his re-election by 19 points and his accomplishments with the help of a Republican super majority in the state legislature have been impressive, appealing to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- the early primary states -- is another matter.
Not only must DeSantis effectively introduce himself in these and other states, he must overcome former President Donald Trump's large lead in the polls. The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows GOP voters favoring Trump 36.1