Another poll shows Casey DeSantis tops GOP field in 2026

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Could the First Lady be the next Governor?

Four more years? While that may be impossible for Gov. Ron DeSantis under Florida law, no such prohibitions apply to First Lady Casey DeSantis.

And while there are no public indications that she wants to succeed the Governor in his job, yet another new poll shows Republicans are warm to the idea.

Per a new polling memo released by Florida Atlantic University, she leads a field of candidates with 43% support, ahead of U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds at 19%, with CFO Jimmy Patronis and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz further back still.

“There’s clearly an appetite among Republican voters to see Casey DeSantis carry on her husband’s legacy as governor,” said Kevin Wagner, Co-Director of FAU’s PolCom Lab and professor of political science. “Her high name recognition gives her an early advantage, but the race is still very much wide open.”

Both the First Lady and the Governor have addressed the speculation.

While she acknowledged the talk is “humbling,” she also maintains that the seeming enthusiasm for her running is due to her “rock star” husband and the job he’s done as the state’s Chief Executive.

“I will tell you this, when people talk about me running for Governor, I think it speaks highly about the Governor himself,” Casey DeSantis said on a May iteration of the Conservative Review podcast. “I think when people see me, it is because they are so happy about everything that this Governor has done for the state of Florida.”

“And so when people start talking about, ‘Oh, you know, you should run,’ that’s because Gov. DeSantis is a rock star and that’s because people are so proud of everything that he’s done for this state,” she added.

Also last month, Ron DeSantis addressed a 2026 run, all but ruling it out on Casey DeSantis’ behalf.

He said that if he “had to characterize her interest in getting into the political thicket as a candidate,” he would “characterize it as zero.”

“But, you know, I think it’s because she’s had a front-row seat (for) all the nonsense that goes on when you do it,” Ron DeSantis added.

Other polls have shown Casey DeSantis to be a potentially formidable candidate.

poll conducted in April by Florida Atlantic University and Mainstreet Research showed 38% of 372 Florida Republicans polled would choose the First Lady in a head-to-head race against Gaetz, who would receive 16% support in this scenario.

University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab survey from November 2023 showed the First Lady with 22% support, a lead in a crowded field of potential candidates.

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


  • Rick Whitaker

    June 12, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    She would be an excellent Governor. Just like her husband. I doubt she runs though.

    • Michael K

      June 12, 2024 at 1:05 pm

      She did such a great job running her husband’s presidential campaign in Iowa! I’m sure she could repeat that success here as well.

  • My Take

    June 12, 2024 at 1:38 pm

    She could hardly be worse than her husband.

    • Impeach Biden

      June 12, 2024 at 3:41 pm

      People are flocking to Florida because of the poor job DeSantis has done, right My Take? Move to NY, NJ, IL, CA, and others and tell us how good life is their in liberal zombie land.

      • JD

        June 12, 2024 at 4:03 pm

        You sure people are still flocking to FL? Most of the articles have Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Georgia are the new “flocking” states. Something about 1/2 backs for those from the mentioned states of NY, NJ, IL, and CA.

        • MH/Duuuval

          June 12, 2024 at 10:29 pm

          NBC TV count has 700k moving in and 500k moving out for what appears to be a net gain of 200k. Numbers for 2022.

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 12, 2024 at 10:31 pm

      Think Lurleen.

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