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DeSantis’s Lead Shrinks As Trump Gains In New 2024 Poll

Trump Vs. DeSantis: Who Will Be The GOP’s 2024 Nominee?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ candidacy struggles to get traction as former President Donald Trump’s support grows.

In fact, a recent survey indicates that DeSantis has dropped from his No. 2 position to No. 3 behind up-and-coming GOP contender and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.

According to a study conducted by the GOP-aligned pollster Cygnal on 2,000 likely general election voters on Wednesday, Ramaswamy currently has 11% of the vote while DeSantis has 10%.

Notwithstanding the fact that both candidates have support levels that are significantly lower than Trump’s (53 percent), the shift reflects a growing lack of confidence in DeSantis among a group of GOP voters who are actively looking for a rival in the race.

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“Ron DeSantis has collapsed to just 10 percent, per a new presidential primary poll of 2,000 likely voters, with a margin of error of just 2.6 percent,” an analysis of the results by The National Pulse noted. “The Florida governor now finds himself in third place behind outsider Vivek Ramaswamy, suggesting that the recent strategic changes and numerous campaign shake-ups have had no effect on the Florida Governor’s precipitous decline in support.”

The outlet added:

DeSantis has hemorrhaged 19 points since March this year, with the majority of his losses being shared between Ramaswamy – currently polling at 11 percent, and former President Donald Trump, who has consolidated his lead to 53 percent, the survey from Cygnal found. It is worth noting that Cygnal VP Brock McCleary is also the Ramaswamy campaign pollster.

The Florida Governor is trailing Ramaswamy in several key demographics, including among black voters and independents. DeSantis has just two percent support among black voters and six percent from independents, whereas Ramaswamy receives 15 percent support from black voters and 13 percent from independents. DeSantis is also behind Ramaswamy amongst college-educated voters.

Since launching his campaign in February, Ramaswamy has portrayed himself as a dark horse contender, determined to outwork his rivals and confront dissenters in a primary initially perceived as a duel between Trump and DeSantis.


Ramaswamy’s assertion that he is prepared to become the GOP leader if Republicans change their minds about Trump has been supported by recent failures by the Florida governor, including a botched internet launch and the recent firing of his campaign manager and a sizable section of his team.

Even as he continues to lose ground in the polls, DeSantis last month mentioned a well-known GOP leader who he seemed to be considering as his running partner.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is on DeSantis’ short list for vice president, the candidate stated after praising her during a GOP candidate discussion with Tucker Carlson.


“Governor, you have spent a lot of time with Governor Reynolds, you defended her after President Trump’s recent statements,” a reporter said to DeSantis following the Carlson event, which was also held in Iowa. “Would you consider her as a potential vice presidential pick in this campaign?”

“Of course,” DeSantis said in response. “I mean, she’s one of the top public servants in America, I thought the attacks on her were totally, totally out of hand and totally unnecessary.”

“We should be thanking good Republican officeholders,” he continued. “You know, we kind of joke about the Iowa-Florida [competition], sometimes they do things before us, sometimes we do. But honestly, I want them to do better than us because it’s healthy. When Republicans are doing well, I like that, I don’t get jealous of that, I want to see them do well.”


“And so they’ve done a great job, and I think she’s been a model public servant, and anybody who’s a Republican that’s trying to denigrate her, I think, is way off base on that,” he concluded.

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