Ron DeSantis comes up short in evangelical straw poll

Desantis pray vote lead
Trump has more than 60% support.

A straw poll from this weekend’s Pray Vote Stand event is a mixed bag for Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The bad news: former President Donald Trump easily defeats DeSantis for the top spot, with 64% support against 27% for DeSantis. No other candidate got more than 2% on Saturday’s ballot.

The good news: DeSantis is the crowd favorite to be Vice President, with 25% support, well ahead of second place Sen. Tim Scott’s 19%.

DeSantis addressed the summit on Friday night, with remarks about donning “the full armor of God,” a recurrent metaphor the Catholic Governor uses in talking to religious audiences.

“But across the country, I’m sometimes asked about the role that faith plays in my leadership as Governor. And, you know, I can only tell you from me, and what it’s like being in a high office. I don’t know how you could be a leader without having faith in God when you stand up for what’s right in this day and age.”

“That is not going to be cost-free,” DeSantis continued.

“You are going to face blowback, you’re going to face attacks, you’re going to face smears, and it’s the faith in God that gives you the strength to stand firm against the lies against the deceit, against the opposition. It gives you the foundation to know that all the insults, all the nonsense they throw at you ultimately doesn’t matter because you are aiming higher.”

“Some people ask me, how do you become a good leader? Well, one of the first things you need to do is put on the full armor of God,” DeSantis added.

Despite the preference of a quarter of straw poll voters, the Governor won’t put on the “full armor of God” for a Vice Presidential run, however. He has said on multiple occasions that he is not interested in the #2 job.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    DeSScamus probably got the snake-handlers.
    They’d split the tongue-speakers.

  • Richard Russell

    September 16, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Why would anybody pick an Primary opponent for their VP? May I suggest the one real America First cabinet member who still stands solidly with Trump, with the exception of his stance on the Ukraine war. That is Mike Pompeo, who was Trump’s right hand man for international affairs and assisted in structuring so many solutions to the debacles left behind by Obama and his Sucataries of State.

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 18, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 18, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      Ugly, too.

  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Proper fear of, and disgust with, what Trump proposes and promises will drive vast numbers of votes to Biden.
    People will vote against, not for.

  • Michael K

    September 16, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Ron comes up short.

    He sure does, on so many levels. Remember when he withheld millions of state funding for the Special Olympics because people wore masks during COVID?

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    September 16, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Yes more fake and manufactured polling to confuse the simple minded amoungst us. Everyone knows for this latest poll the polsters only asked the Methodists for an opinion
    And everyone knows there are zero conservative Methodists.
    Yes its been somewhat of a dirty little Prodestant secret over the years but all Methodists are Raging Dook 4 Brains Leftists and have been for the last 43 years. In fact the Methodists are so far left that the DNC actually did not even need to pay anybody to lie this time.
    So relax America Desantis still has the White House 100%.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • simon

      September 17, 2023 at 11:46 am

      meatball is done. even mccarthy said so this morning. you don’t come back from 50 points down and skunking lower every day.

    • Yikes again

      September 17, 2023 at 12:48 pm

      …”simple minded amongst us…”. I like that. Meaning the majority of you…LOL! The fact that these two boneheads are your go-to says everything about the GOP.

      • Simon

        September 17, 2023 at 1:47 pm

        Haha butt hurt

  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    Trump thinks HE is God.

  • PeterH

    September 16, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    The fact that 60% of evangelicals support a twice impeached, four time criminally indicted, misogynist, p-grabbing clown ….. says everything I need to know about Christian evangelicals!

    • Pastor Pasta

      September 18, 2023 at 12:24 pm

      …that they’ve never read the New Testament and are antithetical to the teachings of the guy they claim to follow?

  • Simon

    September 16, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Lol, trump isn’t going to give desantis the nod. Most don’t want him. They asked this group of people and that does not translate nationally.

  • Mike

    September 17, 2023 at 3:17 am

    Ron saying he would kiII women and children who cross the border “stone cold dead” might not sway the holy evangelicals as much as you think it would

  • Job

    September 17, 2023 at 7:33 am

    At this point, I trust Catholic priests more than evangelicals. Their support for a Trump is an abomination.

  • Bsicuit

    September 18, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Poll of supposed followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ: 64% are false idol worshippers, 27% idiots.
    Stupid humans.

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