‘Marathon, not a sprint’: Ron DeSantis shrugs off underwhelming Presidential Primary polls

The Governor discounts Trump's ability to win a General Election, but GOP voters aren't sold on the argument.

Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t putting too much stock in Presidential Primary polls that find him significantly behind Donald Trump.

In an interview with NBC News Monday, the Florida Governor said the presidential race was a “marathon, not a sprint.” He diminished the importance of Trump’s massive leads while arguing that he can carry swing states better than the former President.

“I think if you look at the swing states, Biden beats Trump in the swing states and I beat Biden handily in the swing states. That’s ultimately the election right there,” DeSantis declared.

The Governor went on to name various swing states, including Florida.

“Who’s going to win Georgia, Arizona? Obviously, I’ll win Florida if I’m the candidate. In Texas, Wisconsin, those states you’ve got to be able to do that. If you don’t have a path to do that, then nominating doesn’t make sense.”

Though it’s still early in the calendar, with many months to go before the first Primaries and the Iowa caucuses, GOP partisans seem to believe nominating Trump is a likelihood.

The Race to the White House polling average shows Trump up over DeSantis in a crowded field, 53% to 22%. The new Morning Consult survey shows the widest gap since tracking began for the 2024 GOP race, with Trump’s 57% tripling DeSantis’ 19%. That survey also shows Trump ahead of Biden in a General Election, but DeSantis behind the President.

So it’s uncertain if DeSantis’ contention that he’s a better General Election candidate is carrying water with GOP registrants polled.

“There’s other polls in the Primary. I’ve grown. I think at the end of the day, you know, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We’re doing everything we need to do in these early states,” DeSantis added.

The Governor will be in one of those early states Tuesday, with a town hall event in Hollis, New Hampshire. Despite early investments of time and treasure in the Granite State, DeSantis is down by more than 30 points in each of the two most recent polls of the race.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    June 27, 2023 at 9:24 am

    He thinks he’ll win Florida? He won the governorship when only 52% of registered voters showed up. Turnout for the 2024 general election will be much higher. He’s done more to alienate Floridians than bring them together, putting all of his eggs in the primary. Not sure he can peel off the hardcore MAGAts like he thinks he can – MAGA is a cult, and will stick with the cult leader. The Republican party is stuck with Trump – the toxic monster they enabled owns the party until he dies.

    Remember Scott Walker? Jeb!

  • Joe

    June 27, 2023 at 11:49 am

    This angry pipsqueak lives in a fantasyland created for him by Casey. Out here in the real world, nobody likes you, Lil Ronnie!

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 28, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Rhonda repeats himself like an EVP on TV show Ghost Adventures, and that’s about right since he obviously brain dead.

    At least KC and the Never Bend Over Band PAC got a brain and, ahem, you know, “paused” spending in like New Hampshire. Ole Ken C knows it’s over. So when will Rhonda shut the front door?

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