Ron DeSantis leading Donald Trump in Florida

 March 13, 2023

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is leading former President Donald Trump by a massive margin according to a new poll from the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab.

DeSantis is crushing Trump 52% to 27%, which is a massive lead even with DeSantis being extremely popular thanks to his governorship.

Florida Republicans heavily favored Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, but times are changing, and Florida Republicans want to go younger in 2024 should DeSantis run for president.

Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and professor of political science, commented on the poll saying, "It is interesting to see how his lead jumps up from 25 to 31 points ahead, once you winnow the field from 10 to two. DeSantis is much better compared to Trump at consolidating votes if the field were to narrow."

DeSantis is considered by many as the Republican with the best chances of winning the 2024 Republican presidential nomination outside of Donald Trump.

A handful of other Republicans have either jumped into the race or are considering it but none of them have any serious potential. Unless something changes, 2024 will likely be a massive showdown between Trump and DeSantis.