National polling has shown Gov. Ron DeSantis as the 2024 Republican frontrunner if Donald Trump doesn’t run for President again, and a new state poll from Texas accords with that trend.
A survey of 678 likely voters in the Texas Republican Primary, conducted from March 29 – April 2, 2022 by CWS Research, showed DeSantis with 48% support in a field without the 45th President.
Florida’s Governor polled much better than two favorite son candidates: Sen. Ted Cruz was favored by just 19% of respondents, good for a distant second place. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was favored by just 10% of respondents, putting him in fourth place behind former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina Governor who had 13% support.
In the polling of a Trump-inclusive field, the former President drew 46% support, well ahead of DeSantis, whose 20% was good for second place. Haley drew 10% in that scenario, with Cruz getting 8% support and Abbott just 6%.
Discussion of DeSantis’ presidential prospects has cooled in recent weeks, especially in the wake of former President Trump dominating a presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.
The question still comes up, however, and the Governor keeps saying he’s focused on his re-election bid.
“I’ve never been to Iowa in my life. I’ve never been to New Hampshire, I may have been there in my twenties. I’m just doing my job,” DeSantis said on The Guy Benson Show.
Yet despite not committing to anything that looks like a 2024 campaign, DeSantis stopped short of giving Trump an endorsement should Trump run for a third time, continuing a trend of less-than-committal comments.
“Who knows? We’ll see how the dust settles,” DeSantis said.
The lack of endorsements is a two-way street, meanwhile.
Trump, a kingmaker in DeSantis’ run for Governor four years prior, has not endorsed the Governor’s re-election, even as he has endorsed the re-election campaigns of Attorney General Ashley Moody and CFO Jimmy Patronis. Trump has also endorsed Senate President Wilton Simpson for Agriculture Commissioner.