Karl Rove sees Ron DeSantis in third place in Iowa
Karl Rove. Image via AP.

'My sense is that Nikki Haley is probably a few points ahead of him today.'

Ron DeSantis is betting heavily on Iowa. But a prominent political commentator thinks the Florida Governor is on track to show, rather than win or place

During an interview on the Fox News ChannelKarl Rove suggested that the momentum is with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, rather than the Florida Governor, as the leading alternative to Donald Trump as the Jan. 15 caucuses approach.

“She was at 6 points in the Iowa poll in August. By the beginning of October, she was tied at 16 with DeSantis, who declined from 19 to 16 over that same period. My sense is that Haley’s probably a few points ahead of him today,” Rove said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday morning.

Rove is referring to the leading public poll this month in his analysis. The Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted late last month showed DeSantis and Haley tied at 16%, with Trump at 43%.

That survey’s results were effectively corroborated by a Trafalgar Group survey conducted between Nov. 3-5, in which Trump’s 44% support is more than the aggregate backing for DeSantis (18%), Haley (15%) and Tim Scott (9%), who has since exited the presidential race.

Rove is bullish on Haley in the wake of her performance in the third presidential debate of the campaign cycle, which was held last week in Miami.

“We have evidence that she has moved because of the debates and the third debate. I think everybody agreed she did really well, you know, in large part because (Vivek Ramaswamy) kept coming after her in completely illogical and inappropriate ways and giving her a great chance to counter punch,” Rove said.

Rove offered an illustrative axiom from there.

“In politics, a punch hurts sometimes, but a counterpunch can work far more effectively most times, and she took advantage of it.”

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 14, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Go Nikki!
    Put those spiked heels in him.

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

    November 14, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Good morn ‘ting America,
    Karl called and asked for some “Sage Advice” on what to say on his FOX interview.
    However, I, Earl Pitts American, was too busy with subjects of “Planatary Importance” and was unable to assist my “Little Buddy” Karl.
    Sadly America I blame myself in many ways for what Karl told you.
    Karl I’m so sorry and next time I promise to make time for you.

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 14, 2023 at 1:11 pm


  • Michael K

    November 14, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Turd Blossom speaks!

  • Matthew Lusk

    November 14, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Why does neocon (derogatory term for aging RINOs) bushie rove support Nikki and diss Ron ? That’s rhetorical, I know the answer.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 14, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Please enlighten us, as Jeb! was on the stage with the other mucky-mucks when Dee took the oath for his second term.

  • Dont Say FLA

    November 15, 2023 at 10:46 am

    I see the Rhonda Campaign buried in a shallow grave in Nikki Haley’s back yard up in SC. Rather, that’s “down” in SC, to Rhonda, since the Gov spends all their time in Iowa to no avail.

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