Poll: Vivek Ramaswamy ties Ron DeSantis for second in GOP presidential race

Image: Vivek Ramaswamy
'Ramaswamy outperformed six other hopefuls by more than double.'

A new survey of the 2024 Republican presidential race finds a dead heat for second place.

The survey from Kaplan Strategies shows Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek G. Ramaswamy are tied at 12% each. Both men are well behind Donald Trump’s 48%.

The pollster says this latest survey is an example of Vivek-mentum.

“Ramaswamy outperformed six other hopefuls by more than double, marking a significant surprise in this poll,” Doug Kaplan says.

Indeed, no other candidate is above mid-single digits: Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Vice President Mike Pence each take 5% support; former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has 3% backing; former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is at 1%.

Kaplan frames the GOP race as likely winnowing down to three candidates, predicting “the lower-tier candidates drop off and their voters will either return to Trump or rally behind rising stars like Ramaswamy or DeSantis.”

In efforts to goad the Florida Governor, the former President has predicted a Ramaswamy surge, saying DeSantis is “dropping so quickly, he’s probably not going to be in second place much longer,” Trump said, adding that “Vivek could be” in that No. 2 slot.

Though Ramaswamy’s performance here is worth noting, the poll may be an outlier given the Race to the White House polling average. It shows Trump at 52%, DeSantis at 20%, Pence at 6%, and Ramaswamy at 5%.

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


  • ali

    July 20, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    YES!!!!! Keep going down Ronnie boy.

    • Bob

      July 21, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      What are you a tranny, marxist or both?

    • Bobby

      July 21, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      What are you a tranny, marxist or both?

    • Bobby

      July 21, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      What are you a tranny, marxist or both?

    • Bobby

      July 21, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      What are you a tranny, marxist or both?

      • My Take

        July 22, 2023 at 12:01 am

        Bobby, Bobbie, or a trans both?
        Or maybe a quantum duality both.

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  • Dont Say FLA

    July 20, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    This is gonna burn Rhonda’s insides, being tied with a brownish dude. That’s gotta be a lot worse than a femoid swimmer being tied with a trans for 5th place, but Rhonda has to keep their raging under wraps.

    The GOP is trying to make fake-nice with the blacks these days for the black vote, hence all the drag queen gay trans nonsense. Therefore, Rhonda must act like it’s okay being tied with some brownish guy.

    GOP voters are fully conditioned to fear others. GOP politicians couldn’t just pull the “others” rug out from under their voters, so now it’s drag queens that are the super scary “others,” supplanting brownish people (not that anybody really buys this, but it’s what the GOP thinks is happening)

    LOL @ Rhonda, Burning Inside. But shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.

    • Wilson Montana

      July 20, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      Ignorant remarks from another brainwashed Dem/Commie troll

      • Randy Reading

        July 21, 2023 at 7:14 pm

        Yes, but there’s not even sliver of truth there even if it is stretched a mile. Like the whole fake-nice things when it was the current president who insulted blacks by saying they aren’t black unless they vote democrat. Or suggesting DeSantis cares about Vivek because he has brown skin. The truth is you have to have a racist streak in you to make those comments…It was the dems that supported slavery and segregation and i guess the propensity to diminish a race of people’s importance still exists amongst many on the left…

        • Randy Reading

          July 21, 2023 at 7:32 pm

          Meaning what makes something funny or effectively sarcastic is that somewhere there is a basis of truth that it is reacting to. I mean come on, to rely on the ol’: those republicans are racist and hate people of color is so worn and lacking creativity. But they live where they can say things and not be challenged by either other people or the reality that exists outside their world. That is they could never prove what they say…

        • My Take

          July 22, 2023 at 12:22 am

          The proslavery wing of the Dems became the segregationist wing, and then became the southern Republicans. They are Republicans now. The Party of Hate.

  • daniel bernardone

    July 20, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Dem party = BABY-KILLIN PARTY!
    bottom-feeder party for sure

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 20, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Hey there Progozhin formerly of Wagner Group. Good to see you back on the troll farm job, posting off-topic, inflammatory yet vague nonsense trying to get Americans fighting other Americans online. Welcome back!

    • joey

      July 21, 2023 at 10:04 pm

      The one killing kids in schools is repudicans and their AR15. lol.

  • JG

    July 20, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    I do not trust polls and especially one that say Hutchinson, Christie, and Pence have anything.

  • Tom

    July 20, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Ronnie has been outsourced. His ‘triple K’ buddies in Orlando will be less than impressed. So sad but so funny.

  • VonSteever

    July 20, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    The Fratricider in chief, donald trump, has not begun to slander Ramaswamy yet. And although Ramaswamy has been a clear and outspoken supporter of Trump vs. the DOJ, Trump will eventually flip on him.

  • Richard Ong

    July 20, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Go Vivek!

    • Anthony DePalma

      July 20, 2023 at 7:34 pm

      Hes a Globalist backed by Soros he is tied to Pharma and complete Phony.

      • desantis L

        July 20, 2023 at 11:03 pm


      • Randy Reading

        July 21, 2023 at 7:21 pm

        Who’s Hes?

  • PeterH

    July 20, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    The Republican Crying Game on full display! There is not a single Republican candidate on the Klown Kar who will ever sit in the Oval Office.

  • Fiasco Joe

    July 20, 2023 at 7:12 pm


  • Reverendken

    July 20, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Poles, dogs know what there for.

    • You failed ‘Comments’

      July 20, 2023 at 7:41 pm


      Floridiot you are

    • Dumber & Dumbestest

      July 20, 2023 at 7:42 pm


  • Jill Casey Black-Ramaswami, First Lady

    July 20, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Casey Ramaswami

    Mrs Casey & President Vivek Ramaswami!


  • Earl Pitts-Amarican

    July 20, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    You are crazy as hell. It’s really obvious that you know nothing about the man. You sound like a Dem troll.

  • Arch Stanton

    July 20, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    By now it should be obvious even to the brain dead – with politicians you lose every time.

  • PiecedOff

    July 21, 2023 at 9:50 am

    It’s fascinating to watch the GOP cannibalize itself.

    By the time the candidates get done with the far right pandering and neglect of the real issues…a posture that is needed to win in the primary…the last one standing is all but unelectable in the general when the less “hyperbolic” electorate votes.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 22, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Who cares? Loser DeSantis!

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