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Former President Donald Trump’s allies are engaged in a private effort to revoke the Florida Republican Party’s loyalty pledge, which Governor Ron DeSantis supports, as a requirement for participating in the state’s primary. This pledge, announced in July, mandates GOP presidential candidates to commit to supporting the eventual nominee to appear on the primary ballot on March 19. State Senator Joe Gruters is expected to propose scrapping the pledge at an upcoming Florida GOP meeting, while DeSantis’ supporters aim to thwart this motion. Lee County GOP Chair Michael Thompson, a Trump ally, affirmed the certainty of a motion to revoke.
The Florida GOP loyalty pledge aligns with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) requirements for presidential candidates participating in its debates. Trump has chosen not to attend some of these debates, and the Florida GOP’s grassroots nature allows members to discuss and act on party issues. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez and State House Speaker Paul Renner, both DeSantis allies, are trying to block the Trump camp’s motion.
Some are also exploring amendments to the loyalty pledge’s language, suggesting that candidates who lose the primary shouldn’t be required to endorse the nominee formally but should refrain from opposing them.
The rift between Trump and DeSantis within the Florida Republican Party centers on the loyalty pledge, with Trump’s allies seeking to revoke it and DeSantis’ supporters defending it. The loyalty pledge mirrors the RNC’s requirements for presidential candidates participating in debates, reflecting the broader tensions within the party. As the 2024 national Republican primary approaches, Trump holds a substantial lead over DeSantis in polls, particularly in their home state of Florida. Efforts to find compromises and prevent internal conflict within the party are ongoing, but the outcome remains uncertain. Key figures involved have not yet responded to requests for comment, leaving the situation in the Florida GOP fluid and contentious.