DeSantis leads Trump in Texas for 2024 on the eve of the announcement

A day after Donald Trump’s expected presidential bid kick-off in 2024, a new poll from Texas shows the former president falling by double digits behind his main rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a hypothetical Republican primary, meaning voters In one of the most powerful Republican voting blocs are poised for new leadership.

In a poll of Texas Republicans released Monday by the Texas Republican Party, about 43 percent of likely Republican primary voters say DeSantis would be their first choice for president, while less than a third of likely voters said they will choose Trump as their choice would.

news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.

The results represent a stunning reversal of the trend since this summer, when Trump won 69 percent support at August’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, compared to just 24 percent support for DeSantis.

But the times have changed. Monday’s poll came just days after a stunning mid-term performance for Republicans that saw Trump’s hold on the GOP weigh heavily on voters.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an election night event at Mar-a-Lago November 8 in Palm Beach, Florida. A new poll from Texas shows the former president will fall by double digits behind his main rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a hypothetical 2024 Republican primary.
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In battleground states like New Hampshire and Arizona, candidates who had backed Trump’s claims of a stolen 2020 election lost handily, while the GOP’s few bright spots across the country were felt mostly among more moderate members of the party.

Elsewhere, Trump’s picks — many of whom closely tied their brands to those of the former president — lost numerous races they expected to win (some by a wide margin), while those who saw wins did Races that they had already expected did well in it.

However, Trump’s star seemed to be fading ahead of Monday’s poll. The former president is grappling with mounting legal troubles stemming from his business dealings and misappropriation of classified documents from his White House days, while other polls have shown a growing number of independent voters — a critical voting bloc for any candidate seeking it Presidency – increasingly uneasy at the prospect of a Trump run in 2024.

After losing the independent vote in 2020, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll in September showed about two-thirds of independents didn’t want Trump to run again in 2024, while more moderate members of the party, like former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, have begun making long-term offers for the Republican nomination to consider in the next elections.

With the Texas poll, DeSantis — who is credited as Trump’s heir at the helm of the GOP — now leads the polls in two key states.

Before DeSantis overtook Trump’s performance last week in his adopted home of Florida, multiple polls showed DeSantis leading Trump in a hypothetical 2024 primary among Florida Republicans. A YouGov poll over the weekend found DeSantis’ lead over Trump is close to double digits.

Some have already started to prepare for the transition. GOP mega-donors like hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin have already expressed interest in backing DeSantis in the upcoming election against Trump, while figures like Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison have pumped millions into a super PAC aligned with the GOP presidential hopeful Tim Scott collaborates.

“For a number of reasons, I think it’s time to move on to the next generation,” Griffin told Politico ahead of Election Day. DeSantis leads Trump in Texas for 2024 on the eve of the announcement

Rick Schindler

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