Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk told his 98 million Twitter followers on Wednesday that he was leaning towards supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis if he ran for president.
A Twitter user asked Musk which candidate he was “leaning” for the presidency in 2024, and he replied “DeSantis”.
The Twitter user then asked Musk what he thought of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
“I backed Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning,” Musk said.
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Musk is the richest man in the world, according to Forbes, but his influence as a cultural icon extends far beyond his wealth. His comments could further increase the buzz surrounding DeSantis’ candidacy for president.
Musk is known for his electric car company Tesla and his space travel company SpaceX. He’s also trying to buy Twitter, but the deal hasn’t been finalized yet.
Musks’ decision to buy Twitter drew praise from DeSantis, who criticized the tech company’s alleged censorship.
“What Musk is trying to do is basically free up (Twitter) from being a censorship agent to being a real open platform as it’s advertised,” DeSantis said in April.
Musk is worth around $207 billion, according to Forbes.
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At least 42 billionaires have donated to DeSantis, according to an analysis by USA TODAY Network-Florida.
Musk has backed Democrats in the past, but said last month he now favors Republicans. He wrote on Twitter that he voted for a Republican in a congressional race this week, saying it was his first time voting Republican.
“In the past, I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division and hate so I can’t support them anymore and I will vote Republican,” Musk tweeted.
DeSantis is frequently mentioned as a potential presidential candidate. Earlier this month he won the Conservative West Summit straw poll, with 71% of campaigners gathered at the event saying they wanted him to run for president, down from 67% for Trump.
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