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In a new poll Gov. Ron DeSantis bests former President Donald Trump in Florida for the Republican nomination for the 2024 election.

The survey from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab showed DeSantis winning with 52% with Trump taking 27%. After that Nikki Haley comes in third with 4%; Liz Cheney (3%); and Mike Pence (2%). The remaining candidates all receive less than 1%.

In a head-to-head matchup 59% support DeSantis with 28% supporting Trump.

“It’s not too surprising to see DeSantis take the lead among Republicans in his home state of Florida,” said Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and professor of political science, in a press release. “But 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.”

While this may be good news for DeSantis there are a slew of states that will vote before the March 19, 2024 primary in Florida. In the first primary of the election season, New Hampshire, Trump enjoys a 41-point lead.

The UNF survey was conducted from Feb. 25 to March 7, with a total of 1,452 respondents. The poll’s margin of error was 2.57 percentage points.



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