(DailyVantage.com) – It wasn’t that long ago that the mainstream media was predicting a DeSantis takeover of the Republican Party. News outlets were constantly reporting on early polling that erroneously predicted former President Donald Trump’s fall from grace.
A Guardian article from last December made Trump out to be a fledgling candidate who would eventually succumb to the rising star that is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The author cited polls that, at the time, had DeSantis leading Trump. She wrote, “Republican and Republican-leaning voters dealt the significant blow to the former president’s ego…”
More up to date polling, however, shows that it is DeSantis’s ego that has been punctured.
As of today, DeSantis’s poll numbers are declining precipitously. A Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday shows the Florida Governor polling at a measly 26%. Trump, on the other hand, put up a strong 54%. Though these polls are also quite early, the narrative seems to have shifted. It is clear that, according to these numbers, Trump would handily defeat DeSantis in a head-to-head match up.
Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier tweeted on Tuesday, “Trump is up +28 points against DeSantis…This is his strongest lead thus far.”
Though DeSantis’s poll numbers continue to fall, he still remains the only formidable competitor to Trump. The rest of the GOP field is struggling to move beyond the single digits. According to the same Morning Consult poll, former Vice President Mike Pence is at 7%, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is at 4%, Liz Cheney is at 3%, and the rest of the pack is at 1%.
Entrepreneur and political outsider Vivek Ramaswamy, who, other than Nikki Haley, is the only one to officially challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024, can’t seem to break his 1% ceiling.
While much can change from now until the Republican primaries, it looks as though Trump is maintaining his commanding lead.
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