Poll: Ron DeSantis 56 points behind Donald Trump in South Carolina

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The Governor is headed to the state Saturday, and polling shows him in a distant third place.

Ron DeSantis is headed to South Carolina for three campaign events on Saturday; a new poll suggests he needs all the face time he can get with Palmetto State voters.

The survey, commissioned by Tony Fabrizio and first reported by Axios, shows Donald Trump with eight times the support DeSantis has in the state.

The former President has 64% backing, compared to DeSantis’ 8%. Meanwhile, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is at 29%, suggesting that any “favorite daughter” status doesn’t exist for her in this field.

The poll was released the same day it was announced that South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott would endorse Trump in New Hampshire Friday, in an apparent attempt to shape the narrative of the 2024 race further.

Fabrizio’s survey isn’t the worst we’ve seen for DeSantis. The Governor was at 7% in an Emerson College Poll conducted earlier this month. However, that survey included former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy, who have since left the race.

DeSantis has called himself a “great candidate” for South Carolina and has suggested that he may sign a sublease in the state ahead of the Primary, which would be an audacious move indeed given that he is still governing Florida, which is in the midst of its 60-day Legislative Session.

According to the Never Back Down super PAC, the Florida Governor will be in Myrtle Beach, Florence, and Lexington on Saturday, so whether or not he signs a lease in the state, he is clearly putting in the time, even while other campaigns focus on Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary.

The allocation of South Carolina’s 50 delegates to the Republican National Convention favors the overall winner, with 29 going to the candidate that wins overall, and the winner of each of the state’s seven Congressional districts gets three delegates per localized triumph. Though the data doesn’t offer a breakdown per district, the formula suggests that Trump is poised to sweep most of the Palmetto State’s prize.

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


  • Rude Eye

    January 19, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    What do you call a person who is behind in all the polls? LOSER

    • Impeach Biden

      January 19, 2024 at 4:03 pm

      Not to worry. These Repub challengers will drop out soon. You and the rest of your Demo cultists will have your wish and “Dementia” Joe and his giggling sidekick get four more years. We will continue to allow record numbers of illegals into this country. We will be involved in a war soon into Biden’s next term. Bullies from around the world that see weakness with our leadership will continue to challenge us. Joe doesn’t know where he is and Kamala couldn’t find most of these “bad boy” countries on a map. God help us.

      • Rude Eye

        January 19, 2024 at 5:49 pm

        By the way who said I was a democrat? Just because I don’t like the bobble headed idiot lawyer that wears high heal gator hide cowboy boots and he’s running for president doesn’t mean I’m democrat. Next time don’t be so quick to judge a person the words they speak or write and remember the only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance. Have a nice day.

      • Marvin M.

        January 19, 2024 at 11:49 pm

        So, who are you voting for?

        • Rude Eye

          January 20, 2024 at 9:58 am

          This year I’ll vote for ….

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