Any day now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be announcing his intent to run for President in 2024. It’s the worst-kept secret in all of American politics at the moment, (other than Hunter Biden’s international business situation), and the Sunshine State lawmaker’s latest video message appears to be the final clue in a long list.
DeSantis’ presidential ambition has been well understood for some time, and pollsters have long included him in their surveys regarding the 2024 election. In a vast majority of these political litmus tests, the former President trounces the southern Governor often by double digits.
But this week a new poll from the west coast seems to have the race turned on its head.
A new poll shows that California Republican voters favor Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over former President Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP primary.
The Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey found that in an open field, California Republican voters prefer DeSantis over Trump by 8 points, and in a head-to-head matchup, the Sunshine state governor prevails by a whopping 17 points.
And that wasn’t all:
DeSantis’ overall approval rating is also higher, with 79 percent of GOP voters giving him high marks, compared to 69 percent for the former president.
So, why is there such a difference in California?
One theory suggest that Golden State Governor Gavin Newsom’s attempts to frame himself as the anti-DeSantis force in American politics has cultivated a fondness for the Florida leader that is directly tied Newsom’s own plummeting approval.
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