California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged money to Rep. Charlie Crist’s effort to defeat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, the latest chapter in a feud between two politicians seen as likely future presidential contenders.
Crist, who switched parties after serving as a Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, faces what is likely to be a difficult contest against DeSantis in an increasingly red state. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has ranked the race as “likely Republican,” while a recent survey by the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida, conducted before Tuesday’s primary election, found DeSantis leading Crist 50% to 42%.
Newsom has recently sought to raise his national profile, prompting speculation about his own ambitions.
In a tweet on Thursday, Newsom wrote, “Time to make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor.”