(PatrioticPost.com)- With a 15-point swing since the last poll, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has surpassed former President Donald Trump in one primary poll of their common state.
Former president Donald Trump’s popularity among Republican voters in Florida for another presidential attempt, has considerably decreased this year, according to a recent Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll of likely Florida voters.
DeSantis currently leads Trump 48% to 40% in a potential Sunshine State presidential primary in 2024. That contrasts with a Florida USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll conducted in January, which showed Trump leading DeSantis 47% to 40%.
According to Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos, this does not imply that DeSantis would win any other GOP primary state. But it is a single indicator that GOP voters, who are familiar with both candidates well, are shifting their support away from Trump and toward DeSantis.
In Florida, DeSantis has routinely performed better in polls than Trump against President Joe Biden, including the most recent Suffolk poll.
But as Politico points out, Trump continues to command the national Republican primary polls despite DeSantis displaying signs of legitimacy as a 2024 candidate:
Nationally, the situation is considerably different. Trump receives 52% of the vote from all Republican voters in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult survey today, while DeSantis gets just 19%. Trump’s support has decreased by five points from one month ago.
Despite surviving blow after bombshell in the FBI investigation of records seized at Mar-a-Lago and the summer of humiliating January 6 hearings, Trump continues to lead Republicans.
With his ostentatious political transport of migrants to locations like Martha’s Vineyard and (perhaps) Delaware, DeSantis has recently dominated headlines, but only time will tell if it further erodes Trump’s favor among GOP supporters.
Trump and DeSantis are viewed as the probable leading contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2024, despite neither having made any official intentions.
Even while Trump polls far ahead of the competition in a fictitious primary contest, the public contrasts and tensions behind the scenes show how formidable a rival the Florida governor has become to Trump.