Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a majority lead over former President Donald Trump among California Republicans, according to a recent poll.
Out of 11 candidate choices, 37% of respondents support Desantis and 29% support Trump, resulting in a 8% spread between the politicians, according to the UC Berkeley and Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) poll released Friday. The results show a change from August poll results, where Trump led DeSantis 38% to 27%. (RELATED: ‘Not Forgotten’: Ohioans Praise Trump For Visiting Their Town After Toxic Train Derailment, Rip Biden’s Ukraine Trip)
“With Republicans in control of the House, President Biden may have an easier time rallying Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, who now see him as standing up to the opposition rather than struggling to navigate his programs through a Democratic-controlled Congress when expectations were higher,” IGS co-director Eric Schickler said in the poll release.
The nine other Republican candidate choices on the poll survey received minimal support, according to the poll. The closest candidate was former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who received support from 6% of respondents.
🚨DeSantis surges to 8-point lead over Trump in new 2024 California primary poll by UC Berkeley / LA Times.
“There is serious defection among his (Trump’s) ranks,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the IGS poll.https://t.co/GDHckIaDJl
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DeSantis hasn’t launched an official campaign, but the two politicians have sparred over the last few months, with Trump mocking DeSantis by calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a November rally. DeSantis appeared to respond to Trump’s remarks while speaking to a reporter in November, saying that you take “incoming fire” when you are getting things done.
In a national poll released Friday, DeSantis received support from 57% of respondents, while Trump only received support from 33%.
“It’s hard to see Trump losing with even four semi-serious candidates in the race. Even three, I would bet Trump,” a former Trump aide reportedly told ABC News. “You start getting beyond three to four candidates running, it’s basically impossible for him to lose.”
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