Currently Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) is viewed as the main rival to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination. However, a new poll shows that if DeSantis joins Trump's ticket his vice-presidential running mate; Trump’s chances of winning are boosted significantly.
That's according to a recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports and Political Media, Inc. that found in a matchup against President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, 51% of likely U.S. voters would vote for the Trump-DeSantis ticket compared to 43% for Biden-Harris.
Trump’s eight-point advantage with DeSantis as his running mate is outside the margin of error.
In a head-to-head matchup without consideration of vice-presidential candidates, Trump is below 50% and leads Biden by six points, 47% to 41%.
“Trump/DeSantis wins with women, independents, Hispanics and college grads and does historically well with African Americans,” said Larry Ward, President of Political Media, Inc.
“Trump/DeSantis also wins the national popular vote, which would be a first for Republicans in 20 years. Trump does well head-to-head against Biden, but adding DeSantis to the ticket is powerful.”
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Jim Wass says
Sam M says
The poll should really be 70% for Trump/DeSantis, 20% Biden/Harris and 10% don't know.
William Bayer says
Trump/DeSantis might be a winning ticket according to the very early polls, but it would be a nightmare once the election is over, because DeSantis would be constantly trying to grab the spotlight, and would essentially be running for president in 2028 the entire time he would be serving as vice president.
There's a REASON that vice presidents traditionally take a backseat in any administration --- because there can only be ONE president --- and DeSantis has already said, unequivocally. that he will NOT be anyone's vice president. I think Trump can win with almost any vice president. And I believe I recall reading polls indicating that people simply do not vote for vice presidents.. It may be an issue for a short period of time after a vice presidential candidate is named, but it also always fades as an issue soon after.
Meanwhile, Trump has a great shot at winning with one of several women vice presidents --- such as either Kristi Noem or Kari Lake --- which would then set them up to be favorites for president in 2028.