Donald Trump predicts ‘third or fourth place’ finish for Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire

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'Bad things are happening but we keep going up.'

While filing for the New Hampshire Primary, Donald Trump offered his latest in a series of dismissals of Ron DeSantis’ presidential hopes.

“I think that ‘DeSanctus’ is really going down,” Trump told reporters, noting he’d seen polls where DeSantis was anywhere between third and fifth place in the state.

“So bad things are happening but we keep going up, and I looked at one where we’re at 64 and the second person is at 8. So between him and a few others, I guess a few others, but New Hampshire seems to be a little bit different in that regard. But he’s looking like he’s going to be in third place, maybe even fourth place,” Trump added.

Polls have run the gamut in the state, and while we haven’t seen a New Hampshire poll where the former President is at 64%, the trend is toward a commanding lead over DeSantis that keeps growing.

According to the Race to the White House polling average, the Florida Governor’s 11% is good for third place, behind Trump (46%) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (15%).

But other polls have shown Haley further ahead in the battle for second place. A USA Today/Boston Globe/Suffolk Poll released earlier this month showed her with 19%, nearly doubling DeSantis’ 10%.

The DeSantis and Trump campaigns continue to squabble, meanwhile, despite the gap between the candidates in New Hampshire and elsewhere.

DeSantis’ rapid response director Christina Pushaw pilloried the Trump camp for misstating the Granite State’s candidate selection process.

“Team Trump is so busy obsessing over what I ate for breakfast this morning that they forgot New Hampshire isn’t a caucus state,” Pushaw joked.

Not to be outdone, Trump spokesman Steven Cheung castigated Pushaw for attending a sporting event on Sunday.

“But it doesn’t seem like Team DeSanctus is too worried about their candidate slipping to third place under Nikki ‘Birdbrain’ Haley. They were taking in the sights and sounds of NASCAR this weekend without a care in the world as their candidate continues to die a slow and agonizing political death. It’s almost like they’re resigned to the fact there’s no path for DeSanctus or they simply don’t care anymore,” Cheung said.

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

    October 23, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Trump the Accused isn’t going to be beaten outright by Haley or DeSScamus. But they still might win as the law beats him down.

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  • Linwood Wright

    October 23, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    I predict DeSantis drops out, Trump goes to jail, Nikki Haley loses to Biden by double digits.

    • rick whitaker

      October 23, 2023 at 9:18 pm

      i predict you predict correctly

    • My Take

      October 23, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Nikki replacing Lindsey Graham . . . or Tim Scott if, god forbid, he went higher.
      Not good, but no worse.

    • My Take

      October 23, 2023 at 10:37 pm

      “Trump goes to jail”

    • Tom

      October 24, 2023 at 8:25 am

      We need the Dean Phillips wildcard thrown in for good measure. Haley Vs. Biden could go either way just because of his age unless he picks another VP who is a bit more likable than Harris.

      • rick whitaker

        October 24, 2023 at 9:20 am

        his age is no problem and harris is likable. you have your opinion, we have ours. a biden harris compared to a maga ticket, i pick the anti maga ticket

        • Tom

          October 25, 2023 at 8:34 am

          Interesting. We (myself and a lot of my socially liberal, fiscally conservative centrist independent friends) would beg to disagree. If it comes to a Biden vs. trump election (and given that it’s a year away, that’s not exactly a sure thing), I’d probably vote by mail for Biden but I wouldn’t exert the energy to drive to a polling location to do it. Personally, I’m sick and tired of the crap choices we get. I wouldn’t go counting my chickens yet if I were the ‘we’ you’re referring to.

  • Confederation Of Klansmen

    October 23, 2023 at 6:38 pm

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  • Earl Pitts "Florida's BIG VOICE on The Right" American

    October 23, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    A lot of those Hobbits up there in the Hamp Shire woke up as conservatives on the morning of the bloody HAMAS killings.
    Sure it was fun being Hobbit Rebel Dook 4 Brains Leftys all those years. And to think all it took was just 45 headless babies to teach those Hamp Shire Hobbits the foolhardy error of their Democratic voting ways.
    That being said:
    A lot of you Dook 4 brains Leftys are going to have a “Come To Jesus” moment when you see the Hobbits up there in the Hamp Shire vote for The Ronald.
    The Earl Has Spoken.

    • rick whitaker

      October 23, 2023 at 9:17 pm


      • Tom

        October 24, 2023 at 8:27 am

        Just scroll by – don’t read, don’t comment, don’t feed the troll.

        • rick whitaker

          October 24, 2023 at 9:16 am

          just scroll by my comments please, thank you.

  • Nebraska Granny

    October 24, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Does Donald Trump know how to do anything but call his opponents names? Childish, don’t you think? Pretty convinced of his own importance, isn’t he? Some of you contributors are pretty foul-mouthed yourselves. Shame on you! As far as Trump is concerned, pride goeth before a fall. Just you wait.😠😠😠

    • rick whitaker

      October 24, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      didn’t jesus say don’t judge others yet, you judge others by calling them childish and foul-mouth. how christian of you. i’m not a christian so i can do all the judging i want.

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