DeSantis leads Trump by eight points in Florida

DeSantis leads Trump by eight points in Florida: Poll shows Governor has the edge over the former President in their home state in the battle for 2024

  • A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup DeSantis led the former president 48-40 percent
  • That’s a reversal from January, when the same poll found Trump leading 47-40 percent 
  • Florida’s prized 30 electoral votes are key for any Republican to make it to the presidency, and both men have hinted they want to run in 2024 
  • Last week DeSantis set off a political firestorm when he sent a group of 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard 

Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha’s Vineyard. 

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup DeSantis led the former president 48-40 percent. That’s a reversal from January, when the same poll found Trump leading 47-40 percent. 

Florida’s prized 30 electoral votes are key for any Republican to make it to the presidency. 

‘This doesn’t necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,’ David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. ‘But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters away from Trump and toward DeSantis from Republicans who know both potential combatants quite well.’

In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha's Vineyard

Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened his lead over former President Trump to eight points in Florida, scoring points with Republicans after a stunt that sent migrants from Texas to wealthy Martha’s Vineyard

In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis

In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP 2024 primary were held today, 19 percent DeSantis

Trump has left a trail of not-so-subtle hints that he plans to seek the high office again, DeSantis claims he is focused on Florida but has played a number of national political moves that indicate he is thinking about the presidency too. 

Last week the governor set off a political firestorm when he sent a group of 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, the billionaire’s enclave in Massachusetts. 

A group of migrants and an immigration organization who had been put on the plane filed suit against the governor for the act, claiming he ‘designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting [the migrants] for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.’ They claimed they had been falsely told they would be given aid and flown to either Boston or Washington, D.C. 

In a statement DeSantis’ communications director claimed the lawsuit is just ‘political theater’ perpetrated by ‘opportunistic activists’ at the expense of the illegal immigrants. 

Spokeswoman Taryn Fenske said that the journey to Martha’s Vineyard was done ‘on a voluntary basis,’ and shared a consent form she said each of the migrants was required to sign before they boarded the plane.

The forms, provided in English and Spanish, were apparently copied from Texas Gov Greg Abbott, who originally started busing migrants to Washington DC and New York City.

It says: ‘I agree to hold the benefactor or its designed representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination in Massachusetts.’

‘The immigrants were homeless, hungry and abandoned — and these activists didn’t care about them,’ Fenske said.

She added: ‘Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state, and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts.

‘It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.’

The GOP governors of Texas and Arizona have shipped migrants to New York, Washington, D.C., with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott even sending migrants who were deposited on the road outside Harris’ official residence in Washington. 

DeSantis still has to win his own race for another term as governor in November against Democrat Charlie Crist. He remains heavily favored to claim victory in that race. 

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