Feb 2, 2024 - News

DeSantis' presidential campaign cost $160 million

Photo illustration of Ron DeSantis against a background image of an abstract topographical map of Iowa surrounded by black and red circles.

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios; Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Gov. Ron DeSantis' failed presidential campaign and political committees spent about $160 million, according to campaign finance paperwork filed Wednesday and reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

Why it matters: The amount underscores the high expectations the governor's supporters and donors had for the campaign, according to the Times.

  • Former President Donald Trump's campaign and super PACs spent $210 million in 2023, the Times reported.

Catch up quick: DeSantis, who launched his campaign in May, ended his bid on Jan. 21 after placing about 30 points behind Trump in the Iowa caucuses.

  • DeSantis endorsed Trump when he ended his campaign days before the New Hampshire primary last month.

Of note: The filings only include roughly seven months of DeSantis' bid in 2023 and omit any spending in the two weeks in January leading up to the caucuses.

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