DeSantis Rising? Poll Shows Republicans Prefer Florida Governor Over Former President For 2024

By Jacob Taylor | Wednesday, 25 May 2022 05:15
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat out former President Donald Trump in a new Republican poll that saw the Wisconsin conventioneers pick whom they wish to run to receive the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.

DeSantis received a majority win with 38% of the vote, while the former President took home 32%, according to the poll conducted by WisPolitics.com.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came in a distant third place, receiving over 7%.

Among prominent GOP figures, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and former Vice President Mike Pence, no one else received more than 5%.

Attendees were also asked if Trump should run again.

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“Forty-three percent (141 votes) of those participating in the straw poll said they want Trump to run again, while just less than 32 percent (103) were opposed and 22 percent (72) indicated they were unsure,” the poll analysis said.

State GOP officials said there were 1,500 people in attendance at this weekend’s convention. There were 847 votes cast Saturday morning from the floor during a procedural motion.

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WisPolitics.com, started in 2000, is a nonpartisan online news organization based in Madison that operates an email news service in addition to the free sites WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com. WisPolitics.com has frequently conducted straw polls at both state Republican and Democratic conventions over the years.

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Many Republican officials now consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis an inevitable presidential candidate, given the millions of dollars he has raised outside the Sunshine State, his recurring appearances on Fox News, and his high-profile, take-no-prisoners battles with the Biden Administration.

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If former President Donald Trump doesn’t run again, consider DeSantis an instant “tier 1” level of White House candidates in 2024 alongside Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Vice President Mike Pence, said Jeff Roe, who managed Republican Glenn Youngkin’s 2021 upset victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

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Roe, who also managed DeSantis’ first gubernatorial run and Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, identified three winning qualities for locking up the GOP nomination: being Conservative, being electable, and running with the Trump banner to win voters who “feel like they’re losing their country.”

DeSantis is up for reelection in Florida this year, and Republican insiders can’t help but note the governor’s high polling numbers and name recognition. Plus, DeSantis could yet challenge Trump in a Republican presidential primary — the Florida governor has made no definitive public comments about a 2024 presidential bid and has not pledged to bow out of one even if Trump decides to have another go at a White House ticket.

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