Republicans prefer Trump rival for 2024 – poll – RT World News

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis edged out former US president as frontrunner for GOP nomination

Fresh off a landslide victory for re-election as governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has emerged as the early frontrunner to win the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2024, overtaking Donald Trump, a new poll has revealed.

Republican and Republican voters favor DeSantis over former President Trump by a margin of 42 to 35, according to a YouGov poll released Friday night. The remaining 23% of respondents were unsure or said they didn’t prefer any of the top candidates.

The YouGov survey was conducted Wednesday through Friday, following a disappointing performance by Republicans in Tuesday’s congressional midterm elections. A bright spot for the GOP was Florida, where DeSantis beat Democratic rival Charlie Crist by nearly 20 percentage points in the gubernatorial race, and Republicans won 20 of 28 U.S. House seats. which were up for grabs. Senator Marco Rubio also won re-election by a wide margin and, like DeSantis, prevailed in some areas that were previously considered Democratic strongholds, such as Miami-Dade County.

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By contrast, several of Trump’s most prominent candidates, including Senate hopefuls Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Blake Masters in Arizona, lost their races.

A Twitter poll by conservative outlet Breaking911, which has 1 million followers, showed nearly 70% of respondents think DeSantis should lead the Republican Party following Tuesday’s election results. By comparison, 23.7% chose Trump.

A YouGov poll administered just two weeks before the midterms showed Trump was still Republican voters’ preferred candidate for 2024. The former president led DeSantis by a 44-26 margin.

Trump may be feeling the political heat after voters’ drastic shift in opinion. He derided DeSantis on Thursday, claiming credit for his success and calling him a “average Republican governor with excellent public relations.” He later took a shot at Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, taking credit for his election victory last year and suggesting his name “that sounds Chinese.”

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Trump has hinted that he will announce his candidacy for president next week, although some of his allies have reportedly urged him to delay that decision until after Georgia’s Dec. 6 runoff election. The Georgian race can determine which party controls the Senate.

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