Ron DeSantis has a problem in Florida.

The governor and presidential candidate has a "big advantage" in his home state, which could undermine his electoral chances.

In the Republican presidential primaries, Ron DeSantis seemed to have everything going for him. There's just one minor question: Could the happy feelings now lead to election disaster later?

Even some of the governor's allies in Florida saw a problem growing for him as he travelled to early nominating states in recent days.

In his native state, lawmakers are moving contentious laws on gender and diversity policy – base-pleasing subjects for Republicans, but potentially damaging in a general election.

after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape and incest if victims provide proof of a crime. "Amazing," said Amy Tarkanian, a former Republican Part

where DeSantis spent the weekend. "A lot of folks don't even realise they're pregnant until six weeks. "I'm pro-life, but that's a little far." In the run-up to the primary, DeSantis established

himself as Trump's main competitor for the nomination, partly on the basis of electability. He was MAGA, like Trump, but without the previous president's baggage or toxicity to moderate Republicans

the kind of voters Republicans will need to unseat Joe Biden from the presidency next year. But, as he gets closer to announcing, DeSantis is exploring the limits of how far right

he can go without jeopardising his motivation for running in the first place. It's a major risk in a primary

when Republican voters are desperate to pick a candidate who can win after losing the White House in 2020 and a less-than-red-wave midterm two years later.

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