Florida Republicans have decided to eliminate the loyalty pledge to the future nominee for the presidency.
Multiple outlets reported that the Republican Party of Florida decided on Friday to revoke a rule that was previously established this year. This rule mandated that all potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election must pledge their support to the eventual nominee in order to be included on the primary ballots in the state on March 19.
Former President Donald Trump, who has vehemently declined to sign any such pledge, is seen as the beneficiary of this decision, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, his main competitor, is considered to have suffered a setback as he had already signed one.
The challenge of uniting Republican voters behind a single candidate in the upcoming 2024 election has brought the matter of loyalty pledges to the forefront of Republican Party conflicts.
Republican leaders at the national level have advocated for the pledge, which was required for candidates to sign in order to participate in the initial Republican primary debate in Milwaukee last month. (Trump declined to sign, but he also avoided participating in the debate, thus avoiding the matter altogether.)
CNN reported that the Florida GOP discreetly introduced a loyalty pledge in May, which was believed to be a tactic to support DeSantis.
According to reports, supporters of Trump have been secretly urging the Florida chapter of the party, which is Trump’s home state, to abandon the pledge.
According to Politico, during the Friday meeting, supporters of Trump within the Florida GOP warned of potential chaos if the pledge was not eliminated. One individual even stated that the Republican Party of Florida would no longer exist.
Someone else expressed their concern that there would be anger among the public if we prevent Trump from being included on the ballot.