Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection campaign got an important update Thursday that is sure to impact the November election, Florida Politics reported.
The site noted that a new poll by Mason-Dixon Polling showed that the governor is leading his Democrat opponents by 51 percent or better.
“According to the poll, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist would perform the best of the three Democratic candidates if the race were today, losing 51%-43%. DeSantis would also defeat Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, 53%-42%, and Miami state Sen. Annette Taddeo, 53%-37%,” the website reported.
“When matched up against his current potential Democratic challengers, DeSantis receives the support of slightly over half of Florida’s voters, and his leads provide a decent cushion at this point in the race,” the report added.
“These leads all appear to be related to (DeSantis’) name recognition advantage, although Crist is almost comparably well known,” Florida Politics noted further, adding:
DeSantis is recognized by 97% of voters and has a positive favorability rating. About 92% of voters say they recognize Crist, a former Governor, but more view him unfavorably than favorably. Only 67% of voters identify Fried, and 43% recognize Taddeo.
Crist, elected Governor in 2006 as a Republican and attempted to retake the Governor’s Mansion in 2014 as a Democrat, is also the front-runner in the Democratic Primary.
In head-to-heads against DeSantis, Crist would be the best-performing Democrat with Black voters. He would win that electorate 84%-7%, compared to Fried’s 79%-12% and Taddeo’s 67%-12%. Crist would also be the strongest with independents but still loses 56%-33%.
While DeSantis would win the votes of 62% or 63% of men in all three head-to-heads, Fried would be the strongest of the three Democrats among male voters, winning 35% of that electorate.
The poll had fantastic news for another Florida Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio, who is ahead of his Democrat challenger, Rep. Val Demings, News4Jax reported.