DeSantis holds early lead over Trump among GOP primary voters

Trump announced his bid for president in mid-November — just days after a number of candidates he’d endorsed in the midterms lost their races, weakening his standing in the GOP as more and more Republicans have begun to distance themselves from Trump. DeSantis hasn’t definitively said yet whether he’ll run, but his popularity and rising star power in the Republican Party point to a high likelihood that he’ll soon launch a campaign for president.

DeSantis won reelection in November by almost 20 points over his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. Florida, too saw a red wave, outperforming the GOP nationally. His strong showing provided DeSantis weeks of accolades and set him up for a 2024 run.

DeSantis is also leading Trump on favorability among all registered voters in The Wall Street Journal poll, with 43 percent viewing the Florida governor favorably, compared to Trump’s 36 percent. The poll found low favorability for Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, who…

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This article was written by By Kelly Hooper and originally published on