Poll: Casey DeSantis front-runner for 2026 Florida GOP gubernatorial nomination

A new poll points to a potential DeSantis dynasty in Tallahassee.

Even after two terms of Ron DeSantis in the Governor’s Mansion ends in 2026, a new poll suggests Florida Republicans may want to give the First Lady a shot.

The University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab survey shows Casey DeSantis ahead of a pool of potential Republican candidates, suggesting that GOP registrants may want a DeSantis dynasty in Tallahassee.

The First Lady is the choice of 22% of those surveyed. And while 40% of the respondents are undecided, the data suggests that Casey DeSantis may be able to parlay what has been an active and momentous tenure in her current role into executive branch power for herself.

“We’re obviously still a ways out from the Governor’s race, and this pool of candidates will certainly change before 2026,” commented pollster Michael Binder. “For now, it seems Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis is an early favorite among Republican primary voters — wouldn’t that be interesting, potentially having the DeSantises in the Governor’s Mansion for another 11 years.”

Casey DeSantis leads with virtually all demographics except Black voters Her weakest demographic: those respondents with college educations, of whom 15% support her, while 11% support Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Other names are in single digits, including two U.S. Representatives rumored to be eyeing the state’s top job.

U.S. Reps. Byron Donalds and Gaetz have 9% support in the survey, followed by Attorney General Ashley Moody (6%), Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis (3%), and Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez (2%). Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez each have 1% support.

Despite the wide variety of names, 6% of respondents want someone else altogether.

The poll surveyed 788 registered Republicans and was conducted from October 23 through November 4,

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

    November 7, 2023 at 6:12 am

    Why had this terrible thought already crossed my mind?
    Down with DeSSantistan!

    • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

      November 7, 2023 at 9:02 am

      Good mornting America,
      One of my assistants, Miss Rolex, got a little intoxicated a few nights back and was speaking loudly at a fancy dining establishment and accidently let our “Sage Wisdom Plan” for Casey out of “The Bag”.
      At the time we were unaware that the leader of The Florida Democratic Party was lurking at a dark corner table, eating edibals and getting faced off of too much wine. She later got up and chided my assistant, Miss Rolex, for having a big beautiful mouth and then stated she did not know this about Casey. Then she winked at me and said “Goodbye Earlizer”. Hey thats what she calls me.
      Anyway, long story short, we had to get ahead of the situation and do our own Casey release before Nikki could slander us with her Dook 4 Brains interpertation of “Earl’s Sage Plan”.
      Thank you America,
      *thanks A. G. great article my man*

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 9:08 am


        • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

          November 7, 2023 at 9:17 am

          You are doing a great job Rick. A true professional in every sense of the word. There will be a little something extra in your pay envelope, Rick, to help you better celebtate this upcoming Veteran’s Day.
          Thanking you, Rick, for your service to our Great Nation Rick !!!!

          • Rick Whitaker

            November 7, 2023 at 9:23 am


  • Scott

    November 7, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Though Ron DeSantis is regarded as highly intelligent and a data-driven policy wonk, having graduated Yale and Harvard with honors, his wife, Casey, is better at retail politics and connecting with people. As an Emmy Award winning TV journalist, she’s very telegenic.

    • Panderers of Florida

      November 7, 2023 at 6:35 am

      A local-Emmy, nothing like a real national Emmy.

      You simp.

    • My Take

      November 7, 2023 at 9:12 am

      Did he really graduate WITH HONORS?
      He’s pretty smart . . . but a standoùt at Iivy League?

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

      scott, what delusional maga cult world do you live in? oh, yeah, the trump maga cult silo

    • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

      November 7, 2023 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Scott,
      Thats some sage wisdom there Sir.
      Just to keep you in the loop I, Earl Pitts American, am working with key Florida Legislatures to introduce a bill allowing The Florida National Guard to shuttle Casey up to Washington DC in order to assist President [Ron] Desantis and Govorner [Casey] Desantis with the healthy kissing and whatever normal red-blooded good looking horn-dog hot young couples may like to do.
      Its the least our Great State can do as a show of gratitude to the Great Desantis’s in their service to both our Great Nation and our Great State.
      Thank you for your unwavering support and everyone should call and write their Legislatures and demand this sage Legislation be rushed thru the process for unamious approval.

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 10:02 am

        scott sounds like a fake post by earl. earl is a fake poster that answers his own post to build up himself. trump is also well known for doing that.

        • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

          November 7, 2023 at 10:56 am

          Excellant wacky leftist contraian response Rick.
          You are the abslout best at making and maintaining my political super-star world-wide #1 status. If I ever visit the Space Station I, Earl Pitts American, will have acheived my finest dream of “Universal-Political-Influncer American.
          All thanks to your wacky leftist contrarian followup commentary which the public at large can not turn their eyes away from. For most readers I, Earl Pitts American, am the #1 political voice on the planet. Once Ron is in The White House my fondest dream of riding on the Space Station for a few laps around The Planet to acheive Universal fame and adoration will be achieved. And all because of my Besty Rick.
          *I’m using just my initials, EPA, to cut down on what some (love ya Beverly B.) have claimed are “Too Long Posts”. My public speaks and The Earl of Politics listens and responds to their desires.*

          • Rick Whitaker

            November 7, 2023 at 12:36 pm


        • Michael K

          November 7, 2023 at 6:39 pm

          My guess is “Scott” is either a PAC or campaign-paid troll. Pitts is best ignored and not acknowledged.

          • Rick Whitaker

            November 7, 2023 at 6:51 pm

            everytime i get on earl’s nerves, he mentions me by name. he is an 82 year old nut case, but i do get a sadistic buzz from screwing with such a foul person. i have my flaws.

          • Earl Pitts "Making Politics Better for Minoritys" American

            November 7, 2023 at 7:52 pm

            Michael K,
            You are hereby “Chastised” by me, Earl Pitts American, for your disrespectfull and uncalled for childish attack upon my sage political wisdom.
            Furthermore you are being investigated for having possible ties to dangerous Dook 4 Brains Leftists.
            I’m watching you Michael K. America is disappointed in you Michael K.
            Shame on you,
            Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 7, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      scott you’re wrong, casey IS qualified to be inducted into the kkk. being married to ron desantis would get her in for sure.

  • Impeach Biden

    November 7, 2023 at 6:45 am

    She would crush Nikki Fried, just like her hubby would have. I love it.

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 7, 2023 at 9:11 am

      you’re a brainwashed maga cultist, of course you love it.

      • Impeach Biden

        November 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

        Rick, you are a cultist of the brain dead, teleprompter reading, that can’t hold a real press conference, with the look of lost in space in his eyes, Joe Biden. So sad. You know the real scary part is who sits at number 2. Just imagine that moron running the country. Giggles herself.

        • Rick Whitaker

          November 7, 2023 at 9:27 am

          impeach biden, you are a hater and i hate haters, so i’m o.k. with that.

          • Impeach Biden

            November 7, 2023 at 9:32 am

            Calling me a cultist is hate, No?

        • Rick Whitaker

          November 7, 2023 at 9:55 am

          impeach biden, i just said i WAS a hater just like you. we seem to hate for two opposing reasons. i hate the greedy, christian right-wing, and you hate everything trump tells you to hate, particularly the socialist-democrats that believe in people, not money.

  • Jo Marie

    November 7, 2023 at 6:54 am

    Another Desantis? Let’s just turn this state over to the religious zealots, homophobics, public school haters, book banners….
    The Taliban by any other name

    • Scott

      November 7, 2023 at 6:41 pm

      Hyperbole much?

  • Wacky

    November 7, 2023 at 7:43 am

    KKKasey is as evil as her husband.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 7, 2023 at 8:11 am

      And how do you know that? How do you explain the thousands moving here then if Mr. and Mrs. Evil are running the state? Go downtown and protest with the rest of the “Free Palestine (murderers)” nuts. Maybe you can get Tlaib or Omar’s autograph.

      • Tom

        November 7, 2023 at 8:42 am

        People I know have moved here despite desantis because he won’t be around forever. Politicians come and go and frankly, they’re easy enough to avoid unless you follow politics in the news. Not sure what those other wingnuts have to do with anything anymore than MTG or bobo. This is Florida – they’re somebody else’s problems thankfully.

        • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

          November 7, 2023 at 9:11 am

          Thanks Tom for signing up for our “Dook 4 Brains Leftist Rehabilation Program”. We have found it most effective to pick you up in our van, roll you up in some dirty carpet and…whats that? Tom’s wife signed him up? … never-mind Tom … uhh aparantly we sent this communique to you in error … ignore what we said and relax your sphincter and go on with your life …

          • Rick Whitaker

            November 7, 2023 at 9:16 am


        • Rick Whitaker

          November 7, 2023 at 9:14 am

          sorry tom, florida is the laughing stock of the country and it will take a long time to heal that

          • Impeach Biden

            November 7, 2023 at 9:17 am

            Jeff Bezos laughing all the way from Seattle. Like many others he has had enough of “squad politics”.

          • Earl Pitts American

            November 7, 2023 at 4:57 pm

            Shhhhh be carefull Rick …. Tom’s not one of us …. Shhhhh he’s a Dook 4 brains lefty …. don’t try to befriend him …. Shhhhhh,

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 7, 2023 at 9:07 am

        Hamas brutally attacked and killed some 1500 Israelis, mostly civilians, and is holding for ransom some 200.

        Israel has brutally attacked and killed some 10 thousand Palestinian civilians and a few hundred(?) Hamas adherents. Israel already holds some 5000 Palestinian prisoners and is standing by while armed West Bank civilians purge the area of Arabs.

        When is enough bloodshed enough?

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 9:12 am

        yeah, you got them maga cult talking points down well

        • My Take

          November 7, 2023 at 10:08 am

          They are mere repeater stations, echo chambers, parrots.

          • Impeach Biden

            November 7, 2023 at 11:21 am

            Is that MSNBC, CNN, NPR, etc you are referring to? You lefty’s are so gullible with your loyalty to the Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tokkers pied pipers.

    • Scott

      November 7, 2023 at 6:45 pm

      She would not qualify for membership, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (albeit it has never been known for using facts more than slander and defamation against its perceived enemies). Casey DeSantis has served the residents of our state well as Florida’s First Lady.

  • “Hellish” is more apropos to describe 11 more DeSantis years!

    November 7, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Uhh, “interesting” is not the first word which comes to mind….

  • University of North Florida

    November 7, 2023 at 10:59 am

    The fact that Gaetz has 9% support is pretty telling

    • Scott

      November 7, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      It is indeed. Yikes!

  • Michael K

    November 7, 2023 at 11:59 am

    What a joke.

  • Joe

    November 7, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    She would be an incredibly unqualified nepotism candidate. You do you, Florida RepubliQan voters.

  • Mr. Haney

    November 7, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    How about getting a real job instead?

    • Earl Pitts American

      November 7, 2023 at 4:58 pm

      Haney my man where ya been?

    • Scott

      November 7, 2023 at 6:48 pm

      She did as an Emmy-Award winning TV journalist in the Jacksonville metro area.

      • Margaret Chrisawn

        November 8, 2023 at 5:43 pm

        Tacky-O won a small-town/third-rate regional Suncoast Emmy for a TV program she hosted. This is not to be confused with the real Emy awards that real journalists have received at the national level.

        She is such a low-class poseur, always wanting to be something she will never be.

        • Rick Whitaker

          November 8, 2023 at 6:22 pm

          you blew scotts post up, he is a desantis fan so i know that hurt

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