DeSantis Drops In Polls, Tied With Haley At 8%

While many Republicans who oppose the candidacy of former President Donald Trump looked to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a more palatable option in the 2024 general election, his campaign has steadily lost traction since his glitch-plagued social media announcement earlier this year.

In a recent survey conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, DeSantis received a paltry 8% of support from likely GOP primary voters, which ties former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley for second place and puts him a staggering 47 points behind Trump.

Haley has seen her fortunes rise following her performances in the first two debates, but she has not been able to make a significant dent in the former president’s front-runner status.

DeSantis had been seen as the clear alternative should something happen to derail Trump’s campaign, but he is now firmly within the fray of a crowded primary field competing for attention.

Just one point behind DeSantis and Haley is entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, whose articulate debate and interview performances have attracted an increasing amount of support from Republicans despite his lack of political experience.

The latest poll also found that former Vice President Mike Pence was only two points behind the Florida governor. Nevertheless, Pence dropped out of the race just two days after the survey concluded.

“After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today,” he said during Saturday’s annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference.

A dearth of financial campaign contributions had prompted concerns that the former vice president would not qualify for the next debate, according to one insider who declared: “There just weren’t enough donors.”

DeSantis’ underwhelming performance has fueled speculation that he might soon end his campaign, which has lost more than half of the backing it had as recently as June, when he was polling at 19%.

The recent survey asked respondents who they would choose in a two-way race between Trump and DeSantis — and the former president trounced the Florida governor 73% to 27%. Among voters who said they would “definitely” choose one of the two candidates, Trump received 55% compared to just 11% who said the same about DeSantis.