A recent poll shows voters support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the current 2024 Republican presidential nominee, assuming former President Donald Trump does not run.
The poll, conducted by Echelon Insights, fielded the responses of 1,001 registered voters from June 18 to June 22. Republican voters were asked, “If Donald Trump does NOT seek the Republican nomination for President in 2024 and the presidential primaries were being held today, for whom would you vote?”
DeSantis leads the pack, winning 21 percent of support. The Florida governor was followed by former Vice President Mike Pence at 14 percent, Donald Trump, Jr. at 7 percent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 6 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent.
2024 National Republican Primary Poll:
Trump Jr. 7%
T. Scott 2%
R. Scott 1%
Hawley 0%@EchelonInsights ~ 386 RV ~ 6/18-6/22
— PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) July 6, 2021
Back in February at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), 55 percent of attendees indicated Trump was their preferred 2024 nominee. DeSantis came in at 21 percent. In a June straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit, DeSantis edged out Trump by 10 votes.
Western Conservative Summit 2021 non-partisan approval voting poll results:
1. Ron DeSantis – 74.12%
2. Donald Trump – 71.43%
3. Ted Cruz – 42.86%
4. Mike Pompeo – 39.35%
5. Tim Scott 35.58%
30 candidates polled. Democrats & Republicans.
Full results: https://t.co/2a7Z5gVVwU
— Centennial Institute (@CentennialCCU) June 20, 2021
A report last month alleged a feud was brewing between the two political heavyweights over the Florida governor asking Trump to postpone a rally of his 200 miles from where bodies were excavated at the destroyed seaside condominium. DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw said shortly after the report was false.
“Contrary to inaccurate reporting based on anonymous sources, the governor never suggested canceling the event,” Pushaw said. “I’d also like to emphasize that there was never, at any time, a ‘plea’ from Gov. DeSantis or anyone on his team to cancel or postpone the rally. There was never a ‘feud’ either.”