Local Republican Leaders Favor DeSantis Over Trump: POLL

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Republican county chairs favor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP primary, according to a new poll.

Of those who are already committed to a specific candidate, 19% favor DeSantis and 17% favor Trump, according to a Politico poll. County chair opinions are an important indicator, as they have heavy influence in local grassroots movements that affect voters.

“While I don’t live in Florida, I support the conservative actions that Mr. DeSantis has taken. He is not afraid to stand up for the principles and values of the Republican Party,” respondent Kylie Crosskno, GOP chair of Mississippi County, Arkansas, told Politico.

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The chairs were also asked what candidates they’re considering, and they overwhelmingly said DeSantis at 73%. Trump came in 30 percentage points behind the governor, followed by South Carolinians Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott at 36% and 28%, respectively.  

Former Trump officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, came in at 25% and 21%, respectively. Texans Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott followed at 17% and 9%, respectively, with 5% going to former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and 4% to both Donald Trump Jr. and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The respondents were also asked who they “definitely” didn’t want as the GOP nominee 39% said Trump and only 9% said DeSantis. The majority don’t want Christie, who topped the field at 55%. (RELATED: DeSantis Up Double-Digits On On Trump In Their Home State GOP Primary: POLL)

The poll surveyed 187 Republican county chairs across the country, 91% of whom said they were “conservative” or “very conservative.”

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