New poll shows DeSantis leading Trump in hypothetical Florida primary
Why it matters: It's still early, but the new figures illustrate the potentially changing preferences among GOP voters in the Sunshine State in favor of rising conservative star DeSantis.
Driving the news: In a hypothetical 2024 primary in Florida, DeSantis leads Trump 48% to 40% — compared to January, when Trump led DeSantis by seven points, per USA Today.
Between the lines: "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."
The big picture: Nationally, in a Politico/Morning Consult poll out on Wednesday, 52% of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the GOP primary were being held today, compared to 19% saying the same for DeSantis.