(DCWatchdog.com) – While the election to determine the 2024 GOP presidential candidate is years away, Republicans in one key state are making it known that former President Donald Trump is not their preferred candidate.
And the state is Trump’s adopted home state — Florida.
If the poll is accurate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is in the catbird seat right now.
As National Review puts forward what is happening in “Florida Republicans Prefer DeSantis to Trump in 2024 Matchup: POLL“:
“Florida Republicans prefer Governor DeSantis to former president Trump in a hypothetical matchup for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, a notable shift since February, when the same poll found that a majority of Floridians preferred the former president.
“DeSantis leads Trump 48 percent to 40 percent, according to a recent USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll University poll. That’s an improvement in support for DeSantis’ presidential prospects since February, when he lagged behind Trump 40 percent to 47 percent.” [emphasis added]
Is the shift to DeSantis from Trump determinative? Here’s what one polling analyst thinks:
“‘This doesn’t necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,’ said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. ‘But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.'” [emphasis added]
Again, 2024 is far away on the calendar and politically. But, there seems to be a shift toward DeSantis, especially as he grabs headlines almost every day with his creative challenges to President Joe Biden’s open border immigration policy.
Florida Republicans prefer Governor DeSantis to former president Trump in a hypothetical matchup for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination. https://t.co/MueVzVsSsw
— National Review (@NRO) September 21, 2022
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