New Survey Finds DeSantis the Hands-Down Favorite for GOP Nomination in 2024 if Trump Doesn’t Run

(USA Features) If former President Donald Trump does not jump into the 2024 GOP presidential race, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is overwhelmingly the favorite among Republican voters, according to a new survey.

Currently, DeSantis remains focused on his 2022 reelection campaign, but increasingly, Republican voters are showing their support for him as a presidential candidate if the former president decides against running again.

An Echelon Insights survey conducted in June found that DeSantis received a plurality of support in a 19-candidate field sans Trump.

DeSantis maintained a 7-point lead with 21% over the next-closest challenger, former Vice President Mike Pence, who garnered 14%.

That said, those who said they were “unsure” made up 26% of the total.

Registered Republicans and registered voters who lean Republican were asked: “If Donald Trump does NOT seek the Republican nomination for President in 2024 and the presidential primaries were being held today, for whom would you vote?”

Here is the breakdown:

  1. Ron DeSantis 21%.
  2. Mike Pence 14%.
  3. Donald Trump, Jr 7%.
  4. Nikki Haley 6%.
  5. Ted Cruz 6%.
  6. Mitt Romney 4%.
  7. Marco Rubio 3%.
  8. Tim Scott 2%.
  9. Tucker Carlson 1%.
  10. Greg Abbott 1%.
  11. Kristi Noem 1%.
  12. Rick Scott 1%.
  13. Liz Cheney 1%.
  14. Chris Christie 1%.
  15. Mike Pompeo *%.
  16. Larry Hogan *%.
  17. Tom Cotton *%.
  18. Ben Sasse *%.
  19. Josh Hawley *%.
  20. Someone else 2%.

Most candidates who garnered the most support are on board with Trump’s American First agenda.

DeSantis’ office also pushed back on earlier reports that Trump and DeSantis were having a falling out.

“Contrary to inaccurate reporting based on anonymous sources, the governor never suggested canceling the event,” DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw announced in a statement Monday after Trump’s Sarasota, Florida, July 3 rally.

“I’d also like to emphasize that there was never, at any time, a ‘plea’ from Gov. DeSantis or anyone on his team to cancel or postpone the rally,” Pushaw continued.

“There was never a ‘feud’ either.'”

The Echelon Insights poll was conducted June 18-22 among 1,001 registered voters.