Wednesday, June 21, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Is the Trump circus about to push DeSantis into 2028? TRUMP LEADS DeSANTIS BY 38% (THE HILL)


From The Hill: 

Is the Trump circus about to push DeSantis into 2028?

The Trump circus has rolled right into the middle of the Republican primary, pounded its tent pegs deeply into the ground, and won’t be moving anywhere until after the 2024 election.

Bad news if you are a Republican challenger to Trump. Most especially for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who arguably has the most to lose on multiple levels. 

Counterintuitively — at least for many Democrats, their supporters in the media and all of the Republican “Never-Trumpers” — the more that local district attorneys and the Biden Justice Department go after Trump, the more a large percentage of the Republican base rallies around him. Is it a majority of the GOP vote? No. But, by and large, those lining up behind the former president — who pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he violated the Espionage Act and obstructed justice with his handling of classified documents — will be voting in the Republican primaries. 

The most recent CBS News/YouGov poll on the Republican primary shows: Trump 61, DeSantis 23, Pence 4, Scott 4, Haley 3.

Trump leads DeSantis by 38 points. Thirty-eight points.

No matter how the DeSantis camp may try to spin it, that is a devastating number for the Florida governor. Worse news for DeSantis in some respects — because it came right after Trump was indicted — is that Trump just won the straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit last Saturday.

“We need Trump back in. We owe it to him,” attendee Peter Boddie said. “All the stuff he did for us when he was in office, he got more accomplished for conservatives, more for Christians. He followed through on almost every one of his promises except when his party, like Mitch McConnell, or somebody held it up.”

Like it or not, Boddie is echoing the voice of millions of angry voters who believe Trump is the target of a partisan witch hunt. Voters who are becoming more emboldened by the day. 

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