Ron DeSantis biggest donor says he’s STOPPED giving to Florida gov’s 2024 campaign over hardline stance on abortion, with $20M backer urging GOP hopeful to become more moderate

Ron DeSantis‘ biggest donor has said he has stopped giving money to the Florida Governor’s campaign for the Presidential nominee over his stance on abortion. 

Hotel entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said he would not donate any more money to the Republican unless he adopts a more moderate approach. 

Bigelow said: ‘He does need to shift to get to moderates. He’ll lose if he doesn’t. Extremism isn’t going to get you elected.’

The founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace indicated during the interview that he had relayed his concerns to DeSantis’ campaign.  

Bigelow has already handed out $20 million to the pro-DeSantis ‘Never Back Down’ political action committee – 10 times the amount donated by DeSantis’ second-biggest donor.

Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, responds to questions during a tour of Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 12, 2019

Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, responds to questions during a tour of Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 12, 2019

Florida Gov. DeSantis speaks during a news conference proposing anti-crime legislation on August 1 2023

Florida Gov. DeSantis speaks during a news conference proposing anti-crime legislation on August 1 2023

When pressured to pinpoint policies that Bigelow did not support, he cited only DeSantis signing in April that banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy

For now, Bigelow has withdrawn making anymore donations, saying: ‘Not until I see that he’s able to generate more on his own. 

‘I’m already too big a percentage. A lot of his donors are still on the fence.’

DeSantis has been running to the right of Trump despite Republican strategists saying he should be trying to gain moderates concerned about Trump’s electability. 

The abortion restrictions implemented by DeSantis also rattled other donors, with metal magnate Andy Sabin allegedly soured by the announcement.

In response to the abortion movie Sabin, who frequently hosts fundraisers for candidates, said: ‘I like DeSantis. He’s a great governor, but I don’t think he can win a national election with his viewpoint on abortion.’

In a statement a spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign, Bryan Griffin, said they were ‘grateful’ to supporters and donors who gave them ‘the capacity to compete for the long haul,’ without addressing Bigelow directly. 

The six-week ban sparked controversy in states where it has been enacted across the country because it’s often too early for a woman to determine if she is pregnant. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a 15-week abortion ban law after signing it, Thursday, April 14, 2022

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a 15-week abortion ban law after signing it, Thursday, April 14, 2022

The signing was enacted in a private ceremony and announced hours after the Florida state House passed the bill in a vote targeted by protesters. 

Latest polls show that former President Donald Trump is now over 38 percent clear of DeSantis in his quest to be crowned the Republican candidate in 2024.

Trump is currently leading with 53.3 percent in a recent poll, while DeSantis second with just 14.3 percent.  

It comes after new polling suggests that if an election was held right now that Donald Trump would beat incumbent President Joe Biden by five percent

Their survey, which polled 2,068 registered voters, also showed a wide sense of discontent across the country for both major party candidates, with 70 percent looking for another option.

The majority of people polled also agreed that President Biden was mentally unfit to continue to serve as President.

59 percent of people agreed that they had doubts about his fitness for office, with the majority being GOP voters, 85 percent.

Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace stands next to a model of an inflatable habitat that could be used for future space exploration

Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace stands next to a model of an inflatable habitat that could be used for future space exploration

It was also widely agreed in the polls that Biden was showing he is too old to be President, with over two thirds, 68 percent, agreeing he was too old.

Should the Republican party primary fall between DeSantis and Trump, polling suggests the former President would win by a landslide with 63 percent of the vote.

DeSantis campaign pollster Ryan Tyson took issue with the poll’s findings, tweeting that the national sample, collected through an internet panel, is ‘not a likely Republican voter survey that uses vote history.’

‘While I appreciate the desire for clicks, narrative and publicity, these findings shouldn’t remotely be considered indicative of where likely primary voters are today,’ said Tyson.

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