Poll: Ron DeSantis in distant third place in South Carolina

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Nikki Haley continues to gain ground.

New polling from the Palmetto State shows Ron DeSantis nearly ten points out of third place, in a sign that the South Carolina GOP Primary is slipping away.

The National Public Affairs survey shows DeSantis with just 13% support, behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (21%) and former President Donald Trump (46%).

“Donald Trump stays solidly atop the South Carolina primary, DeSantis is doing some wheel spinning, and Nikki Haley is on the move,” reads the pollster’s Spotify description of the survey.

The pollsters described DeSantis as “stuck in neutral” during the podcast while noting Haley is in second place in this poll for the first time.

This is the second poll to have DeSantis in third place in the Palmetto State this week. The most recent Fox News poll of 809 of the state’s likely Republican primary voters shows DeSantis at 10%, eight points behind Haley and 36 points behind Trump.

While third place is disappointing, it’s technically better than the fourth place standing DeSantis had in a Washington Post poll released last week. DeSantis was at 9% in that poll, behind Sen. Tim Scott (10%), Haley (18%) and Trump (46%).

The Race to the White House polling average shows DeSantis in third place with 11%, ahead of Scott’s 10% but behind Haley (16%) and Trump (46%).

DeSantis has said he’s a “great candidate” for South Carolina and has suggested that despite still being Governor of a different state, he may sign a sublease in South Carolina to make the sale to the state’s Republicans.

DeSantis has questioned what Haley’s “record” as South Carolina Governor actually was, but it seems that at least in her home state, a sizable minority of voters believes in her.

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


  • My Take

    September 23, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    South Carolina is filled with conservative dupes, but they are not notably haters. DeSScumtis may continue to have a harder time there,

  • Battle for Crazy

    September 23, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Before he announced he believed workers don’t have the right to strike, perhaps Tim Scott could have edged out DeSantis for third in SC. But Ron has plenty of time to screw up further!

  • My Take

    September 23, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    The whole country is writing about how DeSScamus is nosediving.
    Many expect him to quit. Though I don’t.


    September 24, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Ronnie Disgusting really has nothing to offer except a visual drive back 50 years! Even my grandparents have a better view of how America moves with the times then Disgusting does.
    Go back to the dark ages by yourself Disgusting….leave the rest of us moving ahead! I hope you get dumped again in the next state you visit…everyone klows that you’re the biggest loser and have nothing of substance to offer anyone!

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