Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to see his popularity rise across America as he takes a spirited stand against the woke left in defense of the time-honored principles that have made the United State the most powerful nation in the world.
The rise in popularity the Republican governor enjoys comes with an elephant in the room, so to speak. As the country inches closer to the 2024 presidential election, Donald Trump remains perched atop the GOP. At the same time, DeSantis, who’s much like Trump when it comes to the media in that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly, seems to be every so slowly closing the gap.
In fact, in a Wisconsin state GOP convention straw poll held on Saturday, DeSantis defeated the former president with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina, coming in third.
Wisconsin GOP Straw Poll: 2024 Presidential Republican Primary
Ron DeSantis 38%
Donald Trump 32%
Nikki Haley 7%https://t.co/eCgBwNF0Ip
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 22, 2022
Of course, straw polls at state conventions often prove to be a poor representation of where the GOP stands as a whole when it comes to presidential preferences, the results show that DeSantis is becoming a household name. After all, Wisconsin is a long way from Florida.
DeSantis has also been very careful not to lock horns with Trump, who resides in Florida. Not that the media doesn’t gladly push the narrative that a battle is brewing, as seen earlier this year with reports of a simmering feud between the two over a comment the former president made about “gutless” politicians not disclosing whether that have been vaccinated. Trump appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to dispel the speculation as “fake news,” saying “I get along great with Ron.”
Nonetheless, a recent MSNBC op-ed declared DeSantis is a “far more dangerous politician than Donald Trump” because he has “the proven ability to follow through” with his popular agenda.
“Ron DeSantis is the governor of Florida, a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, and quite possibly the most dangerous figure in American politics,” columnist Michael Cohen penned.
Wisconsin Republicans were asked in the poll, “If the 2024 GOP primary for president were held today, whom would you support?” DeSantis drew 122 votes, compared to Trump’s 104. Haley was the only other Republican to reach double digits with 24 votes.
And while the media will get excited and try to further instigate a clash of the GOP titans, enjoying Trump and DeSantis trying to take each other out, the folks seem to be a bit more realistic.
Here’s a sampling of some of the more level-headed responses to the story from Twitter:
Trump won’t step aside, and DeSantis won’t run against Trump, so unfortunately it’s all sort of a moot point.
— Kyle Prescott (@thep3rcival) May 22, 2022
Cruz beat Trump fairly easily in the R primary in 2016. It’s a unique state where personality is VERY important and Trump’s doesn’t play well with suburban women…a huge voting block around Milwaukee. DeSantis would do well with that demographic.
— Sid Farkus (@realsidfarkus) May 22, 2022
I see Chris Christie and Elise Stefanik each got zero votes. And Sen Tim Scott got three times as many votes as Sen Rick Scott.
Of course, the sample size is too small to have any meaning outside that room. And the election is not being held today.
— Wayne A Schneider (@WayneASchneider) May 22, 2022
This isn’t a poll of actual voters but party activists in Wisconsin I think it’s unfortunate that we still don’t get polls that show how all potential candidate would perform in all states. Either way the fact that the RDS backers are running away with this one is a bit desperate https://t.co/1dyI8SI7FQ
— Alain Habimana (@Dizeye) May 22, 2022
DeSantis will lead Trump in a poll, and I’m pretty confident it will be this year. However, this doesn’t count. This is a straw poll taken from a self-selection of the most politically engaged. In a broader electorate, Trump would still lead. For now. https://t.co/hNIGq01F7i
— Yesh Ginsburg (@yesh222) May 22, 2022
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