DeSantis leads Trump by 11% in Texas GOP 2024 primary poll

A new poll released by the Republican Party of Texas shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis up 11 points on former President Donald Trump in a 2024 matchup among GOP primary voters in the state.

The results show in a 2024 field with Trump:

Ron DeSantis-43%
Donald Trump-32%
Mike Pence-5%
Nikki Haley-4%
Mike Pompeo-1%
Tim Scott-1%

And without Trump in the field, it shows:


The same pollster pegged Trump up 17 points on DeSantis in its October poll. A poll last week of GOP voters nationwide found DeSantis to have a 7-point lead over Trump.

After the fallout from the GOP’s lackluster national showing this midterm, the 2024 jockeying has taken center stage. The night before the election, Trump strongly hinted at his rally in Ohio that he’d be announcing for president on Tuesday, November 15 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

On his Truth Social app, Trump took aim at DeSantis, calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” and attributing himself as the cause for DeSantis’ 2018 gubernatorial victory.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has said nothing.

Trump won the 2020 vote in Texas by 5.6 points, down from his 2016 margin of 9 points.

When asked if the speaker of the Texas House should appoint all Republicans to leadership positions, or continue the practice of appointing some Democrats to leadership positions, 70% agreed all leadership positions should be filled by Republicans. A majority of GOP primary voters indicated this would affect their vote for their own House member, as 66% of respondents were less likely to support Republicans who vote to allow Democrats to hold leadership positions.

Chairman Matt Rinaldi commented on the poll stating, “Election day made it clear that Texas is getting more red, not less. This poll shows that GOP voters would like to see their hard work rewarded and we at the Texas GOP will fight to ensure that happens and their voice is heard.”

The survey was conducted by CWS Research from November 12 – November 13, 2022, through a series of interactive voice response calls, and online surveys delivered via SMS messages. 1,099 survey respondents were randomly selected from a demographically proportionate sample of voters who are likely to participate in the 2024 Texas Republican primary election. Weighted demographics include age and gender. The survey has a ±2.96% margin of error with a confidence level of 95%.

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