Is former President Donald Trump losing his grip on the Republican voter base three years ahead of 2024?
While most polls indicate he is not, one shocking survey published Saturday shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is actually edging out Trump by nearly three percentage points in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
A Western Conservative Summit poll taken using the approval method among voters, whose party affiliations were not made public, shows DeSantis leading with 74.1% to Trump’s 71.4%.
Just behind them in the top five choices were Ted Cruz at roughly 43%, Mike Pompeo at 39%, and Tim Scott at 35.58%, respectively.
370 respondents chose from 30 potential presidential candidates, including Republicans and Democrats.
Western Conservative Summit 2021 non-partisan approval voting poll results:
1. Ron DeSantis – 74.12%
2. Donald Trump – 71.43%
3. Ted Cruz – 42.86%
4. Mike Pompeo – 39.35%
5. Tim Scott 35.58%
30 candidates polled. Democrats & Republicans.
Full results: https://t.co/2a7Z5gVVwU
— Centennial Institute (@CentennialCCU) June 20, 2021
Trump has previously said he would “certainly” consider choosing DeSantis as a running mate, but the Florida governor has not yet publicly committed to any future presidential aspirations.
In an exclusive interview, former White House Chief of Staff and Trump ally Mark Meadows told the Washington Examiner he believes Americans can rule out a DeSantis bid for president in 2024 if Trump decides to run again.
“You know, I think Ron DeSantis is identified across the country now for the courage that he shows for conservative solutions, and he would be the first to say that if President Trump gets in, that he would win the nomination and would clear the field, and so I don’t ever see it being a 2016 primary scenario,” Meadows told the outlet.
“That being said, Gov. DeSantis won’t even — he’s asked over and over and over again every time I’m in his presence — he’s been asked, ‘Are you running in 2024?”, he continued. “His answer has been consistent: He is running for reelection for governor of the state that not only he loves, but one that is, quite frankly, well-run because of his leadership.”
If Trump runs in 2024—which seems likely based on his recent hints—we may be able to expect a DeSantis bid in 2028…much to the delight of many Republican Floridians who want to keep DeSantis as their governor for the time being.
And in about a year and a half, Floridians will head to the polls on Nov. 8, 2022 to cast their votes to re-elect DeSantis in the upcoming midterm elections.