Ron DeSantis deems himself a ‘clear second’ in Iowa
DeSantis is back in Iowa this week. Photo via Associated Press.

Ron DeSantis 5.17.23 AP PHOTO (3)
'I wouldn't trade places with anyone in Iowa right now.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis may be at a low point in national polling, at just 14% in the Race to the White House average. But when it comes to one early state, the Governor says he’s a “clear second under any metric” to former President Donald Trump.

“Everybody else is in single digits,” DeSantis said Wednesday on the Rubin Report. “I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in Iowa right now.”

The Governor made the case that he’s better positioned at this point in the race than previous Iowa caucus winners.

“We’ve actually had a huge amount of success in Iowa. I mean, if you look back at previous election cycles and find where the Iowa caucus winner was in the summer, people like Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum, they were polling at like 5 or 6%,” DeSantis related.

Santorum and Cruz did win Iowa, in 2012 and 2016 respectively, though both wins had caveats. Santorum won by the slimmest of margins in a race that had been seen effectively as a draw in 2012. In 2016, Trump deemed Cruz’s victory to be a fraud.

The Iowa result catapulted neither Santorum nor Cruz to the nomination, meanwhile.

Despite Iowa not having a predictive value in recent nomination fights, internal polling from the Governor’s orbit has been bullish on DeSantis after the Milwaukee debate.

The survey from Public Opinion Strategies, a DeSantis pollster, “shows DeSantis picking up significant ground since the debate. Both DeSantis and Nikki Haley saw significant increases in their ballot standing since before the debate, while Tim Scott and Vivek Ramaswamy both slipped back a bit.”

DeSantis has moved from 14% before the debate to 21% after the debate, per the new poll. That puts him 20 points behind Trump, but 10 points ahead of Haley and 14 points ahead of Ramaswamy and Scott.

Public Opinion Strategies also deems DeSantis the “clear winner” Wednesday, after he “won every single key ‘attribute’ among likely Iowa caucus-goers” among the eight candidates on stage. The Governor is seen as the “strongest conservative,” the “strongest leader,” the most “able to defeat” Joe Biden and Trump, and “strongest on border security.”

Meanwhile, the average of Iowa polls is still strongly in Trump’s favor, according to Race to the White House. Trump has 42% support, 25 points ahead of the Governor.

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


13 comments

  • tom palmer

    September 6, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    We’re Number Two !W’ere Number 2!

  • Michael K

    September 6, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    He’s a number two all right. So is she.

  • Rob

    September 6, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Clear second is the clear first loser.

  • Joe

    September 6, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    “Who does Number Two work for??” lol

  • Earl Pitts "American Lymrick Historian" American

    September 6, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    Great news America,
    We’ve narrowed down the “Voter Hand-off” to some time between Thanksgivng and Christmas.
    That will be the time I, Earl Pitts American, make the call to Donald Trump and aurthorize Trump to pull out of the race and give all his supporters to Ron Desantis.
    We are working on a super secret code so the Dook 4 brains Leftists bugging our phones wont know whats up.
    Most likely something criptic and all way cool “like James Bond” you know. Here’s something I’ve been working on ….. *ring…ring…ring*…”Hello Donald? Earl here…..yeah “That Earl”….Listen up Donald: “There Once Was A Man From Nantuckett Whose Dic…” “Whats that Donald”? “You Dont Want To Do The Way Cool “Man From Nantuckett Spy Thingy”? “You already know what to do”? “But Don I, Earl Pitts American, was REALLY looking forward to saying the whole way cool “Man from Nantuckett” thing in an actual “Saveing The Republic” historical thing which kids will study in school forever. NO? Are you sure Don? Darn..
    OK Don lets just “do the thing” with out the Man from Nantuckett lymrick. IT’s FINE DON…JUST FINE…
    OK THEN: “RattenShmattenSchmatten”…Mad? No Don I’m NOT MAD Just Do The Thing and lets never discuss this again…..aww c’mone Don just a few lines from The Man From Nantuckett?

    • Joe

      September 7, 2023 at 10:37 am

      You’re riding the wrong horse, Shirley.

  • Lex

    September 7, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Ron, this race will be an endurance race. Don’t be too adversarial with Trump. Truly you are the only other candidate in the race, the others will fall off. At some point, if you continue to say that Trump was a good president, but he is less electable, that message will ring true.

    • Ocean Joe

      September 7, 2023 at 8:44 am

      Nikki Haley is going to pass him shortly. He’s created too much weird baggage for himself that only a rightwing nut could vote for. Even the money hoarding billionaires who supported him know he’s too extreme.

      But the GOP is locked in for the criminal, so it doesn’t matter.

  • woke as hell

    September 7, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Rona is a hot messy number two in Don Tramp’s adult diaper. Gross

  • Dave

    September 7, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    “I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in Iowa right now.” – Rob DeSantis

    That’s why you’re a loser. New Trafalgar poll has Trump at 43%, you at 16% in Iowa. And you’re 4th in New Hampshire.

  • Healthy Number Two 💩

    September 7, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    More of a ‘brown number two’ 💩

  • My Take

    September 8, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    There is nothing “clean” about usìng racism and hate to advance yourself.

  • My Take

    September 9, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Sòme farther fringers think space aliens walk amongst us, ďisguised. I think, what (ahem) lunacy. But then I contemplate Cruella.

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