Glenn Beck probes Ron DeSantis on his ‘disconnect’ from GOP Primary voters
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The Governor says voters will want him to 'turn the screws' on the D.C. establishment, but polls don't show that so far.

Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t escape questions about why his campaign, which once led Donald Trump’s in some early polls, has faded far behind that of the former President

During an interview with Glenn Beck, the 2024 presidential candidate was asked about his “disconnect” with GOP Primary voters and his failure to “close the deal.”

DeSantis’ response included less than comprehensive answers to that question, leaving unclear whether the candidate has a clear strategy with the Iowa caucuses just two months away.

DeSantis cited his victory for re-election last year and his “ability to serve two terms” as unique value adds, while saying he could staff up in a way the former President can’t if elected to a second term next year.

“I have hundreds of people that would be willing to come to Washington and to help turn the screws on the D.C. swamp and to get this bureaucracy in line,” DeSantis said, suggesting that’s a message he believes voters want to hear.

As he has before, the Governor conceded that his lack of showmanship and presentation ability compared to the former President, who was a celebrity long before he entered politics formally in 2016, shouldn’t matter to voters.

“This is not about the show, this is not about entertainment,” DeSantis said. “The future of our country is going to be determined about whether we can produce the type of results that we need to get us on a fundamentally better path going forward.”

Early state polls suggest that it’s getting late for the Florida Governor to make that message stick.

In South Carolina, a Winthrop University survey of 626 registered Republicans shows Ron DeSantis at 12%, a distant third place behind Donald Trump (52%) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (17%).

The new Emerson College Polling/WHDH poll of New Hampshire voters finds the Florida Governor having slumped to 7%, putting him in a very distant fourth place.

The Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted late last month showed DeSantis and Haley tied at 16%, with Trump at 43%.

A survey of 400 likely Republican Primary voters in Nevada, commissioned by the Republican Main Street Partnership and Women2Women and conducted by The Tarrance Group, shows the Florida Governor at 11%, tied with Vivek Ramaswamy.

The two candidates, meanwhile, are way behind former President Trump and his formidable 60% support.

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


11 comments

  • Linwood Wright

    November 15, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Glenn Beck is still a thing?
    He’s still alive and everything?

  • Richard C. Russell

    November 15, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Ronny boy, give it up and send your war chest to Donald J Trump’s campaign, if you want America to win the 2024 election.

  • Michael K

    November 15, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    A lot of words but saying nothing. It’s not a disconnect, it’s revulsion.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 16, 2023 at 6:42 am

      Do you ever listen to those two clowns “Dementia Joe” and “Fweedom” Harris talk? Especially the word salad queen herself “Fweedom”. Come on man.🤣

      • Tom

        November 16, 2023 at 7:15 am

        It’s always the whataboutisms. The article is about desantis. I could probably point out that trump is a babbling idiot as well. We have no good choices and that would be the real problem.

        • Impeach Biden

          November 16, 2023 at 7:33 am

          I know. This entire site and many people like you are fixated on destroying our fine Governor DeSantis. The hypocrisy here of attacking DeSantis and yet not acknowledging the incompetence of this current administration is unbelievable. Lets see what word salad “Freedom” mixes today and if Biden can find his way to and from his meetings today.

          • Tom

            November 16, 2023 at 11:48 am

            Very fine Governor? I live here and I’ve not seen him do anything of substance since he was elected. Other than his BS culture wars, what’s he done? That having been said, if like him, vote for him. I’m assuming Biden will drop out after Trump gets a lock on the primary but it’s a ways off yet so who knows. Time will tell I guess.

  • tom palmer

    November 15, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    DeSantis’ last election victory was the result of the Democrats’ incompetence, not his brilliance.
    He should withdraw

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

    November 15, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    I, Earl Pitts American, heard the interview and our next POTUS Ron ” The Ronald” DeSantis sounded much more Presidental and Electable than any candidate we have had in the last 35 years.
    Earl Pitts American

  • My Take

    November 15, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    He may be obnoxious and ludicrous, dring support away, but he also is up an Emperor-God so many of the GOPers worship, drawing votes away.

  • My Take

    November 15, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    “up AGAINST an”
    Some of the farther MAGAs may have small Trump Temple enclaves in their homes.
    For evening trumpvotionals.
    For sending their donations from.
    Sending their hate threats to doxxeď opposition.

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