DeSantis PAC Touts Turnout Efforts in Iowa

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Team DeSantis Stakes Hopes on Iowa Turnout Apparatus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey speak with guests after a campaign event at Refuge City Church on October 08, 2023 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey speak with guests after a campaign event at Refuge City Church on October 08, 2023 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ron DeSantis has a mountain to climb in Iowa. With the January 15 caucuses less than 60 days out, the Florida governor trails former President Donald Trump in the state by more than 30 percentage points. But if DeSantis manages to close the gap, he has a weapon at the ready capable of deciding the race: infrastructure.

Infrastructure is political jargon for “voter turnout operation.” And for all of the DeSantis campaign’s many challenges, fielding a well-functioning, adequately funded (in Iowa, at least) voter turnout operation is not among them. Perhaps that’s because the task was long ago farmed out to Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting the governor’s 2024 presidential campaign, and seeded with tens of millions of dollars of unused cash from his 2022 gubernatorial reelection. 

Either way, sources familiar with Never Back Down’s program to turn out voters for DeSantis in the Iowa caucuses shared some key aspects of the effort with The Dispatch

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