Govt. Ron DeSantis continues to deny that he is already planning to run for the White House.
At a Live Oak press conference on Tuesday, a friendly caller asked about the governor “considering running for president,” prompting DeSantis to back down as he has in the past when told asked similar questions.
“I think it’s the media speculating,” DeSantis said. “I don’t think I do. I mean, I have a lot to do here, and we do a lot of things, so I wouldn’t indulge in certain things and I would be very careful what you hear.
This reaction is consistent with other recent claims that his presidential prospects are a media “obsessionas he said in June. He was constantly shy when asked about 2024 “nonsense” for months, dodging the topic at state press conferences and at friendly get-togethers FoxNews such interviews. Meanwhile, the former president donald trump has previously said he thought DeSantis would “drop out” of any 2024 race if Trump walked in.
A recent poll suggests DeSantis is winning at Trump’s expense.
A survey of YouGov shows that if a hypothetical national general election were held now, DeSantis would be only two points behind the president Joe Biden. Biden trailed Trump by three points, 40% to 37%.
In primary matchups, Trump is held back by majority support for DeSantis.
A Tier Overviews A nationwide poll between Aug. 18-22 finds Trump would get just 46% support in a primary against DeSantis and a slew of other Republicans. The 25% support from the Governor of Florida was good for a strong second place, well ahead of third place Mike PenceTrump’s former vice president who got 13% support.
Another survey conducted by Yahoo and YouGov between Aug. 18 and Aug. 22 shows Trump getting just 49% in a 2024 GOP Primary head-to-head duel with DeSantis. DeSantis received 31% in the survey, with another 21% unsure whether they preferred the former president or the governor of Florida.
Although DeSantis continues to deny a potential run, others seem to believe there is a window. The unsanctioned Ready for Ron PAC continues to fundraise for this purpose, while Florida Democrats spread reports of the Trump family’s disenchantment with what they see as a DeSantis impersonation of the former president.