Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leads Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) by double digits in the Florida gubernatorial race, according to a recent Echelon Insights survey.
The poll asked respondents who they would vote for if the gubernatorial race were held today.
DeSantis enjoys a ten-point advantage, leading Crist 52% to 42%. The Republican governor also enjoys greater certainty among respondents, as 43% said they would “definitely” vote for him, compared to 31% who said the same for Crist.
A survey of USA TODAY/ Suffolk too found DeSantis comfortably leads his Democratic challenger by seven percentage points, or 48% to 41%.
The Echelon Insights survey was conducted from August 21 to September 7, 2022 among 815 registered voters in Florida and has a margin of error of +/- 4.3%. The USA TODAY/ The Suffolk survey was conducted September 15-18, 2022 among 500 likely mid-term voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%:
🚨 FLORIDA POLL By Suffolk University
(R) Marco Rubio 45% (+4)
(D) Val Demings 41%
(R) Ron DeSantis 48% (+7)
(D) Charlie Christ 41%
2024 FL GOP Primary
Ron DeSantis 48% (+8)
Donald Trump 40%https://t.co/q3OysDdQCm pic.twitter.com/RndVbGqbsN
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) September 21, 2022
The pair of investigations come weeks before the midterm elections, as Crist, with the backing of California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), desperately tries to portray the successful Republican governor as a dictator.
More recently, Crist expressed moral outrage over DeSantis sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, accusing him of being part of a “human trafficking operation”:
A criminal investigation has been opened into Ron DeSantis’ political human trafficking operation.
Who else agrees it’s time for Ron DeSantis to get what he deserves?
—Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) September 21, 2022
DeSantis, however, continued to double down, underscoring the great hypocrisy of the Democratic elites, who expelled migrants from the wealthy island within 48 hours. He also asked how Democratic elites expected ordinary American communities to absorb the cost and burden of welcoming migrants when the wealthy island of elites claimed it lacked the resources for just 50 migrants.
“They said they couldn’t accommodate. … If the richest island, one of the richest in America, can’t accommodate 50 people, then you look at all these other communities and they’re just supposed to accommodate all of this more? DeSantis asked during Tuesday’s press conference.
“They’ll say like, oh, you know, sending a bus out of Texas is a stunt. The biggest stunt is Biden coming in as president and reversing Trump’s policy, just so he could signal by virtue that he was against Trump,” DeSantis said of Biden, whom Crist defends.
“It didn’t matter that the policy worked. He had to be anti and that’s why he did it,” DeSantis added, telling the press conference that Florida is ready to “make more of an impact.”