Miami-Dade GOP straw poll overwhelmingly picks Donald Trump over Ron DeSantis for President
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‘Today’s results confirm that Miami-Dade County is Trump country.’

Among Miami-Dade County’s most politically engaged Republicans, Donald Trump is far and away the top choice for President.

The Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee (REC) conducted a straw poll to determine whom the party would support in Florida’s most populous county.

Trump took 53 of 64 votes, an 83% share.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, placed second with five votes, followed by Nikki Haley with three votes and U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, Miami-Dade Commissioner René García and Vivek Ramaswamy with one vote apiece.

Neither Díaz-Balart nor García, a former state Senator and Miami-Dade GOP Chair, are running for President.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received no votes despite appearing on the Republican presidential debate stage last month alongside DeSantis, Haley and Ramaswamy.

“Today’s results confirm that Miami-Dade County is Trump country,” GOP State Committeeman and Miami-Dade Commissioner Kevin Marino Cabrera said.

Cabrera, who worked as Florida State Director for Trump and the Republican National Committee during the 2020 election, confirmed the count with Florida Politics.

So did Miami state Rep. Alina García in a separate interview.

Former state lawmaker and U.S. Rep. David Rivera was the one to call for an impromptu straw vote on whom the party should back in the Republican Primary.

Notably, Hialeah state Rep. Alex Rizo, who took over as Miami-Dade GOP Chair in late 2022, endorsed DeSantis this past May. He again sided with the Governor on Wednesday.

Rep. García said the vote reinforces the belief she and others in the party have that Trump will win back the White House this year.

“He was already a great President,” she said. “He’s also going to be our next President.”

Nationally, Trump holds 62% support among Primary voters, according to the most recent figures on poll aggregation website FiveThirtyEight.

DeSantis is polling at 12%, followed by Haley with 11%, Ramaswamy with 5% and Christie with less than 3.5%.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.

One comment

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Transition Expert" American

    January 4, 2024 at 8:28 am

    Good mornting America,
    Enjoy this fodder for “Dook 4 Brains Leftist Commentary” so let the piling on begin!!!!
    And furthermore, Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s” pay no attention to the lack of a “Miami/Dade” Democrat POTUS Poll. The Dem. Poll was so full of hate for the current [8iden] Administration that I, Earl Pitts American, gave my permission to just not publish those results.
    Thats a very good question: The Sage Reasoning is that:
    1.) Those former Democrats are in a very tender moment emotionally.
    2.) Their “Transition” away from “Dook 4 Brains Leftism” is still in it’s begining stage. (Much like a deranged male by birth who is contimplating a “Transition” in a quiet thoughtfull moment alone, gazing down at his “Johnson” his “Little Buddy” which he’s had all his life and thinking “getting my little buddy chopped off will be as tramautic as becoming a Republican Patriot…should I do it”?
    So bottom line we spared our “Besty Lefty’s” down in Miami/Dade the Democratic Polling results.
    Because Earl cares and 93% of Miami/Dade Registared Democrats are going thru the most “Traumatic Transition” of their lives. Yes, America, for our “Besty Lefty’s” down there in Miani/Dade even more traumatic than waking up from “The Surgury” easing your hand “Down There” finding no Johnson and wondering if you did the right thing. Their inevatable “Transition” to a Sage Conservative Patriot because the Democrats totally “Screwed The Pooch” this time is a strugle that I, Earl Pitts American, respect and now is the time to love and support all my Besty Lefty’s as they transition.
    Earl Pitts American

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