Updated Jun 15, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Musk says he is leaning toward supporting Ron DeSantis in 2024

Elon Musk attends the the 2022 Met Gala.
Elon Musk attends the the 2022 Met Gala. Photo: Noam Galai/GC Images

Elon Musk said Wednesday that he is leaning toward backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) if he decides to run for president in 2024, one month after the Tesla founder said that he can "no longer support Democrats."

Driving the news: Musk on Wednesday was asked on Twitter who he was "leaning towards" in the 2024 presidential election. "DeSantis," he responded.

  • Musk also said that he voted for Republican Mayra Flores in Tuesday's special election for a South Texas House seat. Flores won.
  • "I voted for Mayra Flores — first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022," Musk wrote.
  • Musk also said that he supported Andrew Yang in 2020, "but DeSantis has a better chance of winning," he wrote.

The big picture: Musk said last month that he will vote for Republicans and can "no longer support" Democrats. Musk said that he previously voted for Democrats "because they were (mostly) the kindness party."

  • "They have become the party of division & hate," he said.
  • DeSantis has not yet announced if he'll run for president in 2024, but former President Trump has trashed the popular Florida Republican and said that he'd beat him in a matchup.

Between the lines: DeSantis supported Musk's bid to buy Twitter in April.

  • Last year, Musk tweeted that he spoke with DeSantis about digging tunnels under Miami to help improve traffic gridlock. His company Boring Co. submitted plans in February to build an underground loop around North Miami Beach for Tesla vehicles.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to add more details about Musk's underground transit proposal in Miami.

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