A new Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy released on Tuesday shows that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading against former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nod within Florida.
In a hypothetical head-to-head matchup between the two in their home state, 44% of Republican voters said that they would support DeSantis. Around 39%, on the other hand, said that they would back Trump. There were also 5% who said that they would support another candidate in the race and 12% who disclosed that they did not yet know which candidate they would support.
This poll suggests that while Trump’s polling numbers have picked up nationwide, DeSantis still manages to hold an edge in Florida where the governor is known the most.
Trump announced his intentions to run in the 2024 presidential election one week after the 2022 midterm elections. DeSantis on the other hand has not yet revealed his intentions for the 2024 presidential election and has instead stated that his focus right now is on Florida’s state legislature annual session. He is widely expected to make a final decision following the end of the legislature.
DeSantis has had to face a number of attacks from Trump and his allies in recent weeks, despite not having entered the race yet.
In Florida, 59% of respondents said that they approve of DeSantis’ job performance, while only 39% disapprove. This marks a 4-point increase from the rating he had prior to the 2022 midterm election which he won with a 19-point lead.