Investigation shows Ron DeSantis is leading Joe Biden in Matchup

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is leading President Joe Biden in a nationwide clash, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University investigation released this week revealed.

Facing the popular Florida governor, who beat Biden ally Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) by about 1.5 million votes in the last election, Biden falls short.

In this scenario, DeSantis leads with 47% support, followed by Biden with 43% support. Additionally, 65% of Republicans and pro-GOP voters want DeSantis to run for president.

Former President Donald Trump doesn’t fare as well against Biden in this particular survey, as Biden leads him 7%-47%-40%. The survey also shows that Republicans favor DeSantis over Trump by 23%.

The overall survey, conducted from December 7 to 11, 2022, of 1,000 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. The margin of error for Republican-specific data is +/- 5.1%.

However, DeSantis has shown no sign of intending to run in 2024. Rep. Crist attempted to make rumored 2024 aspirations a centerpiece of his debate performance against DeSantis ahead of the election, demanding that Governor is committing to a full term as governor, despite the fact that neither candidate agreed to ask questions during the debate.

“Ron, you talked a lot about Joe Biden. I understand. You think you’re going to run against him,” Crist said, ignoring the connection, as DeSantis has frequently noted that Crist is an ally of Biden and would impose Biden’s bad policies in Florida.

“Well, listen. I know Charlie is interested in talking about 2024 and Joe Biden, but I just want to make it very, very clear,” DeSantis said in response to Crist demanding an answer. “The only worn out donkey I’m looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist.”

DeSantis ultimately did just that, winning the election with over 1.5 million votes and even toppling traditional Democratic strongholds such as Miami-Dade.

DeSantis, however, remained coy, refusing to completely rule out the prospect of running, sparking controversy with Trump, who has already announced his 2024 candidacy. The speculation, however, is not new. Even DeSantis dissipated rumors in September 2021, deeming them “purely fabricated”.

“All the speculation about me [running for president] is purely fabricated,” he told reporters at the time.

“I’m just doing my job and we’re working hard… I hear all of this and honestly it’s nonsense,” he added.


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