Ron DeSantis gains ground in New Hampshire, closes gap to 44 points
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It's still a 2-person race in the Granite State though.

Ron DeSantis is headed to a distant third place finish in New Hampshire, a place he was once competitive in polls.

But the new Suffolk University/NBC10 Boston/Boston Globe tracking survey shows reasons for guarded optimism, in that his numbers finally stopped falling.

DeSantis’ 6% is 1 point better than what he had in Wednesday’s polling.

Donald Trump is well ahead, with 50% support. Meanwhile, Nikki Haley has 36% and will need crossover turnout from independents and Democrats to be competitive on Tuesday.

During a radio interview Thursday, DeSantis suggested he wasn’t that invested in how the Granite State ultimately goes.

“I mean, Nikki spent an ungodly amount of money. You know, in New Hampshire, that was not our strategy. Our strategy was, you know, really do well in Iowa. And then New Hampshire was a momentum state. Obviously, Trump did well in Iowa. And so I think he’s benefiting. I don’t think Nikki has any chance against Trump in New Hampshire. So that’s just kind of the way the cookie crumbles. But I do think that the voters really take the first of the nation seriously.”

He also seemed to suggest that Trump would win Tuesday night, in part due to Haley’s decision not to participate in a debate or answer questions from voters at some town halls.

“What happens is, you know, like Chris Christie said, when on the hot mic, you know, she’s just not up to this. And I think the fact that she’s not willing to do that is a really bad sign for her. I do think it’ll hurt her in New Hampshire, because I think the voters expect it.”

Polling has shown DeSantis hovering in mid-single digits for some time.

The latest American Research Group survey of next week’s Primary finds the Governor at 4%.

The Saint Anselm College Survey Center survey taken Jan. 8-9 finds DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy tied with 6% support each. Ramaswamy is out of the race now and backing Trump. Christie was at 9% before dropping out. It does not appear their voters are headed toward DeSantis, though.

An Emerson College survey that came out Thursday showed the Governor had 7% support.

Suffolk University survey released last week found DeSantis at 8%, good for fourth place at the time.

The Suffolk survey is more positive for DeSantis than the University of New Hampshire poll also released last week. That survey had him in fifth place with 5% support.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Hung Wiil

    January 18, 2024 at 10:38 pm

    The headline is very condescending and amateurish. It is just improper and unprofessional. The DeSantis campaign is done, and its continuance is absurd. However, the article is mocking. No need to continue kicking while down.

    • JD

      January 18, 2024 at 11:32 pm

      Professional behavior from the DeSantis team and his administration long ago left the building, especially from his online team. None of them should be afforded one iota of professional courtesy. May they rot in the swamp like the swamp creatures they are.

      • Hung Wiil

        January 19, 2024 at 1:16 pm

        Wrong, JD. Didn’t your mommy tell you two wrongs don’t make a right?

        • JD

          January 19, 2024 at 1:29 pm

          You assume (and didn’t your mommy tell you when you assume you make an “Ass” out of “U” and “Me”?) that they should be afforded any professional courtesy because they, themselves, are professional.

          When Xtina says to “drag” a handicap reporter for getting a story fact wrong instead of asking for a retraction or the head of the state education quips on Twitter “Cry Harder” about the various torching of our state ed, it’s a tad hard to find any parallels to professionalism.

          So, am I wrong? Not in this case (and usually it’s so infrequent, colleagues put it on the calendar and have a mini celebration of their schadenfreude).

    • Why attack the truth teller?🧐

      January 19, 2024 at 10:47 am

      If as you said the DeSantis campaign is “done,” his continued collectionnnof donations and spending other people’s money is the true mockery.

      • Hung Wiil

        January 19, 2024 at 1:15 pm

        Wrong. People donate willingly, they are not forced. A fool and his money are soon parted.

        • JD

          January 19, 2024 at 1:32 pm

          Willing donation? It’s akin to a tithe of the peasants for the lobbyists with him. His team went and did a shakedown of the lobbyists before his presidential launch before he would sign the budget bill that coincided at the same time. This is why they keep screaming “Pay to Play Politics”. He’s only lucky that most of the populace still believe politics “run themselves” and the grifts are “taking more than their fair share”. If they knew, he’s be out on his ass before he got a second term.

          • Hung Wiil

            January 19, 2024 at 2:54 pm

            JD . . . have fun living in your delusional fantasy, a fantasy that will never come to pass. For me and mine, we’ll stick with reality. The only one thrown out on their bum is you.

          • JD

            January 19, 2024 at 3:33 pm

            Not so Hung,

            When DickSantis comes home mad and drunk, kicking the dog, the people aren’t give him any more chances. And he’ll drag down a chunk of the party with him in FL, especially if they double down on anymore culture war BS.

            The special elections keep showing the Republicans have gone too far, and all the Democrats had to do was run a moderate on sensible Abortion rights and Insurance reform.

            They sowed the weeds and will have to reap them. You keep on in your own delusions.

            Buh-bye, Felicia.

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