Gamblers think DeSantis won the debate: Odds on Florida Governor to win in 2024 ... trends now
The two men have spent months going at each other's throats on airwaves and finally got the chance to meet-up face-to-face to battle out some of the most contentious issues plaguing America in recent years.
The battle of the governors not only offered the ultimate red versus blue showdown, but also previewed a future presidential race – if not in this cycle, during a later one.
At 6pm EST, before the debate began, DeSantis' odds to win the presidential election in 2024 sat at 53/1, while Newsom was at 10/1.
But following the fierce fight, DeSantis' odds improved to 48/1, while Newsom's dipped to 12/1, according to oddschecker.com.
At 6pm EST, before the debate began, DeSantis' odds to win the presidential election in 2024 sat at 53/1, while Newsom was at 10/1. But following the fierce fight, DeSantis' odds improved to 48/1, while Newsom's dipped to 12/1, according to oddschecker.com
Despite neither governors sitting at the forefront of their respective parties' presidential candidate ticket, the scores nonetheless show that gamblers were seemingly more impressed with DeSantis compared to Newsom.
Throughout the tense showdown, the two state leaders took personal jabs and fought to speak over each other.
DeSantis slammed his California counterpart by pointing to his hypocrisy during COVID-19 by going out to fine-dining restaurant The French Laundry and sending his children to in-person private schools while his residents were still under lockdown.
He said California ran out of UHauls because so many people were moving out to head to red states – including Florida. He said among the new residents in Florida is Newsom's wife's father.
Newsom didn't back down in the one-on-one debate, taking a dig at DeSantis by saying they both won't be presidential nominees in 2024.
'You almost have to try to mess California up,' DeSantis said during feisty opening remarks. 'That is what Gavin Newsom has done since he has been governor'
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (pictured) said Thursday night that 'ten 9/11s' worth of Californias would have died of COVID-19 had he followed the same policies as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
'You almost have to try to mess California up,' DeSantis said during feisty opening remarks explaining why his state is superior. 'That is what Gavin Newsom has done since he has been governor.'
'He has imposed restrictions on his own people while exempting himself from those restrictions and going to the French Laundry while his people were suffering,' the Florida governor said. 'He led the country in school closures, blocking kids out of school while he had his own kids in private school in-person.'
Newsom has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president in 2024 and has served as a surrogate for President Joe Biden since he launched his reelection campaign this year.
On the other hand, DeSantis is engaged in a heated primary election where he comes in distant second to former President Donald Trump.
'I'll give Gavin credit — he did at least admit in his first answer, he's joined at the hip with Biden and Harris,' DeSantis said at Thursday's debate.
'He thinks Biden and Harris have done a great job. He thinks the economy is working because of their policies for Americans, and they are not.
The governor added: 'What California represents is the Biden-Harris agenda on steroids.'
He noted that Newsom is the