DeSantis Holds Conference with Prominent GOP Leaders…Take a Look at the Pollsters
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is making moves for a potential 2024 run for the White House. He just held a day-long conference in Fort Lauderdale with a number of prominent GOP governors and candidates. This is according to a source who is close to one of the leaders who attended the conference and spoke with CBS News.
Some of those who attended this conference included Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.
Along with these sitting governors, DeSantis also hosted former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who is currently the Republican nominee for Governor in Arkansas. He also hosted Adam Laxalt who is the GOP gubernatorial nominee in Nevada.
The Florida governor has been stepping up his national presence in recent weeks while considering this major move, but he is not responding to the media’s questions about a presidential run.
DeSantis is being used in some recent GOP presidential polls, including one that was done by the New York Times and Siena College that was published on Tuesday. He is the sole potential GOP candidate who is noting double digits from Republican primary voters against former President Donald Trump.
In that poll, Trump has a significant lead over the rest of those who could run. A total of 49ers % leaned toward Trump, and DeSantis had 25%. Everyone else including former Vice President Mike Pence had single digits.
But that same poll indicated that almost half of the GOP primary voters were looking for someone different for president in 2024 than Trump. There was a “significant number vowing to abandon him if he wins the nomination.”
The new poll also showed Trump losing the race to President Joe Biden 44% to 41%. When Trump heard about the poll, he had this to say about The New York Times, “Fake polls, phony stories, and made up quotes—they are a disgrace to journalism and have set it back many many years. THE NEW YORK TIMES IS TRULY THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
2024 Texas Republican Primary Poll:
Youngkin 1%@CWS_Research/@DefendTXLiberty ~ 1,918 LV ~ 7/9-7/10https://t.co/ifytcQUvL1
— PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) July 14, 2022