Ron DeSantis is on the Texas ballot, but he’s down big to Donald Trump in polling

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The latest University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll has Trump ahead by 49 points, 62% to 13%.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is on the Texas presidential primary ballot, as confirmed by a local reporter’s social media post amplified by spokesperson Andrew Romeo.

Yet while qualifying for the ballot is one thing, getting the Lone Star State’s 162 delegates in March’s winner-take-all vote is another.

Even before Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed Donald Trump, surveys showed the Florida Governor facing a deep deficit in the state.

A University of Houston and Texas Southern University poll of 524 registered Texas GOP Primary voters from October, reported by Axios, shows the former President with 58% support and DeSantis at 14%. Nikki Haley is in third place with 6%.

The 44-point gap is actually more narrow than that suggested by other recent polling of Lone Star State leanings.

The latest University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll had Trump ahead by 49 points, 62% to 13%.

The Race to the White House polling average shows a 59% to 13% lead for Trump.

DeSantis brought his campaign to Texas this summer, calling attention yet again to undocumented immigrants entering at the Mexican border and promising to leave them “stone cold dead.”

He vowed to use “deadly force” via the U.S. military when asked during a news conference after his campaign event, saying that if some “cartel operatives” got “dropped,” it would change their attitude.

The Governor also visited in September to discuss energy policy proposals. He promised that if elected President, he could bring gasoline back to $2 a gallon.

Describing “waning” American influence, with Russia “exporting record amounts of energy” and China building reserves, the Governor promised “to use our energy dominance to deny our enemies revenue.”

“Instead of liberating the American oil industry to increase production, the (JoeBiden administration has throttled the industry,” DeSantis lamented, saying America has the power to “lower gas prices” and “lower costs” for Americans while working to “restore” the country’s Strategic Reserve.

Despite making plays on public safety and pocket book issues, though, DeSantis’ campaign appears to be struggling to find any momentum in the Lone Star State.

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


7 comments

  • Richard Russell

    November 27, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    Ronny, you are wasting a lot of people’s money – I’m sure its not yours to waste, but what the heck, you are wasting your time chasing a rainbow instead of attending to Florida business.

  • Michael K

    November 27, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    He’s all hat and no cattle, as they say in Texas. I think he lost them with those boots – not the fetching white go-go boots – the ones with the 5-inch high heels and pixie toes.

  • Dont Say FLA

    November 28, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Holy dog shit! Texas? There’s only two things that come from Texas, and Rhonda don’t look like a beer or a steer.

    5 foot 6? They do, however, definitely stack shit that high.

    • My Take

      November 28, 2023 at 11:29 am

      Dungheap DeSScatis

      Who on average are dumber, Trump or DeSSantis fans?

  • Bicsuit

    November 28, 2023 at 10:43 am

    NewsWag out of Texas: Poll of GOP voters suggests 62% of them are morons — another big win for Texas morons — while a mere 13% are idiots.
    Yee-haw, y’all.
    Arf.

    • My Take

      November 28, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Dumber than the hooved horned beasts on the locoweed ranges.

  • MH/Duuuval

    November 28, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    I’m disappointed — Dee hasn’t laid a glove on Donnie although there’s still another year to go.

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