(JustPatriots.com)- Democrats have been trying to rally the troops to take down Ron DeSantis in Florida’s upcoming gubernatorial election in 2022. But, they may have a big problem on their hands — unifying the party around one candidate.
State Senator Annette Taddeo officially entered the race this week. Instead of adding some power to the challenger side, though, she is only adding to the murkiness of the picture in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Many Democratic leaders in the state are now worried they won’t be able to rally the party around one single challenger to DeSantis, who has gained significant notoriety in Florida and around the country in recent months.
Democrats were already going to be at a significant disadvantage when it comes to fundraising. With DeSantis a sitting governor — and potential presidential candidate for 2024 as well — it’s much easier for him to rake in millions of dollars in campaign finance contributions.
Already, DeSantis has about $58 million in his campaign’s coffers, which is about 20 times more than the leading Democratic challenger has.
An insider in the Democratic Party in Florida recently told media outlet The Hill:
“Really, Republicans have this consolidated funding and support behind DeSantis, which just isn’t something we have right now. He will be very difficult to beat. This is going to be a titanic task, but failure is not an option.”
With Taddeo entering the campaign, she will now take some attention away from two other top candidates — Nikki Fried, the state agriculture commissioner, and Representative Charlie Crist.
While some in the liberal party believe Taddeo is just clouding the field even further, others say her entrance into the race just proves the other two candidates haven’t done enough to separate themselves as the leader.
A consultant for the Democratic Party told The Hill recently:
“I think things have felt kind of stagnant for a while with Fried and Crist, and I think that’s where Annette Taddeo comes in. It’s the idea that there’s still plenty of room, even if she’s getting in a little later.”
Taddeo will face an uphill battle to win her party’s primary in the gubernatorial race. Because she is a sitting senator, she’ll be banned from raising money for her campaign as soon as the Florida legislative session begins on January 11. The session is scheduled to last for two months, which could put her significantly behind her challengers in the months leading up to the Democratic primary.
Still, she’s a Latina from Miami-Dade County in South Florida, which could fuel her overtake her challengers.
One member of the Democratic National Committee who is backing Taddeo for the Democratic nomination, Thomas Kennedy, said:
“From my vantage point in South Florida, a lot of the grassroots activists, the party officers and the base are landing with Annette. She just has to go in and do the nitty gritty organizing work and also make the argument that she’s the best to complement the overall ticket.”