In a surprising turn of events, the Oil and Gas Workers Association has chosen to endorse former President Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination. This endorsement comes as a significant blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, particularly as it coincided with the day he unveiled his energy plan.
The Oil and Gas Workers Association, which represents thousands of workers across the country, announced their support for Trump, snubbing DeSantis in the process. The endorsement is seen as a significant win for Trump, who has been courting the energy sector and its workers as part of his campaign strategy.
DeSantis, who had anticipated support from the oil and gas industry, unveiled his comprehensive energy plan on the same day. The Florida governor’s proposal was expected to appeal to the industry, but the endorsement for Trump suggests that the association and its members have different priorities.
The endorsement also signals a wider trend within the Republican Party. The Florida GOP recently scrapped plans to require presidential candidates to sign a loyalty oath, which many saw as a win for Trump. This move, coupled with the endorsement from the Oil and Gas Workers Association, suggests that Trump still holds considerable sway within the party.
As Valiant News previously reported, Trump has reached his highest polling position against President Joe Biden since the 2024 presidential polling cycle began last year, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
On September 17, Trump polled at 45.6% to Biden’s 45%, surpassing his previous best on May 27, which was 45.4% to Biden’s 43.4%1. This marks a significant milestone in the potential 2024 presidential race, with Trump gaining momentum in recent polls.
This development comes amidst a backdrop of fluctuating popularity for both men. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, Biden and Trump are statistically tied. However, the same poll shows that Trump still holds significant support within the Republican party.