Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is slipping rapidly in 2024 GOP presidential polls, as he is now tied for second place with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) at 8% support.
DeSantis collapses to 8% nationally, now tied with Haley for second place in GOP primary.
— AF Post (@AFpost) October 28, 2023
A recently released McLaughlin and Associates poll showed DeSantis trailing the GOP frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, by a whopping 47 points. This has been the case for the Florida governor since he started his presidential campaign, but never has DeSantis been tied with Haley until now.
Behind Haley is entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy with 7% support and former Vice President Mike Pence, who recently dropped out of the 2024 Republican presidential race, at 6%.
As of June 2023, DeSantis was as high as 19% in polls, marking a 60% reduction in support for the Florida governor, as reported by Florida Politics. Now, DeSantis finds his campaign further sinking into the water.
The McLaughlin and Associates poll also tested a two-way hypothetical race between Trump and DeSantis, showing the former president routing DeSantis with 73% of respondents saying they would support Trump and 27% backing DeSantis.
Spelling worst news for DeSantis, the survey also showed that when it comes to those who would “definitely” support their preferred candidate, 55% turned to Trump, while just 11% said they were deeply committed to the Florida governor.
The survey didn’t have DeSantis losing in all potential fields. Among GOP primary voters who approve of President Joe Biden’s disastrous presidency, 54% said they would choose DeSantis over Trump. Nearly 90% of Democrats intent on voting Republican in the 2024 elections announced their support for the Florida governor as well.
One could argue that the end of the road is nearing for DeSantis’s presidential campaign. For weeks on end, the Florida governor has failed to garner enough support that would give him a possibility of at least threatening Trump for the GOP nomination. Since Pence has now dropped out of the race, it remains to be seen whether DeSantis would follow suit.
In July 2023, Trump attacked DeSantis for choosing to run against him. The former president said that should the Florida governor have waited until 2028 to seek his run for the White House, he would have had a higher chance of winning, according to the Daily Caller.
“I think he has to get out for the good of the party,” Trump told “Real America’s Voice” at the time. “He could have waited and he would have been odds-on favorite for ’28 but he didn’t do that. I got him elected. If it weren’t for me he wouldn’t be governor, he’d be working in a law office right now or doing whatever he was going to do.”