Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has been exploding in popularity in the last six months.
Many are wondering if he’s going to take a bigger role in the future of the GOP.
But Ron DeSantis just got news out of Dallas, Texas that sent shockwaves through the political establishment.
The moment Joe Biden took to the Oval Office, conservatives across the country started looking for a new leader in the GOP to take the America First mantle left by Donald Trump.
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis (R) quickly started to shape up to be the best bet for the future of the Republican Party to lead the nation for conservatives.
But early polls are showing he’s still got a ton of ground to cover.
In fact, a recent straw poll out of CPAC in Dallas, Texas shows Donald Trump still commanding a lead in a potential 2024 GOP primary race.
Pollsters at CPAC asked conference attendees two questions: who would they support in a 2024 bid for president if Donald Trump runs, and who is their top choice if he does not. The straw poll found 70 percent of voters would back Trump in 2024 if he runs for president. In second place was DeSantis with 21 percent of the vote.
When asked who they would support in 2024 if Trump does not run, 68 percent chose DeSantis, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 5 percent and Donald Trump Jr. at 4 percent.
Both Trump and DeSantis gained support compared to the last CPAC poll, which occurred in late February in Orlando, Florida. In previous straw poll results, Trump won 55 percent of the vote with DeSantis garnering 21 percent support. With Trump excluded as a potential candidate, DeSantis received 43 percent of the vote.
Almost certainly, if both decided to run, DeSantis and Trump would be the two dogs with a bone left in the ring.
However, should Donald Trump choose not to run, DeSantis has clearly passed Mike Pence as the next in line, taking a commanding 68 percent of the poll respondents in that situation.
It’s clear the future Republican nominee won’t end up being a Mitt Romney-style RINO who will only drive away grassroots conservative votes.
On the other hand, some conservatives are concerned that the GOP needs a new face like DeSantis to win in 2024 instead of Trump who will always be polarizing in the eyes of the suburban women who will be key to winning the Presidency in the general election.
Only time will tell who will end up on the ballot in November of 2024.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.