Amid rumors of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s possible challenge to President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid, both men are visiting the same city in Iowa only days apart.
DeSantis made a stop in Davenport, Iowa, on Friday to deliver a speech mostly aimed at President Joe Biden’s failure and his refusal to cave to the “woke mob.” On Monday, President Trump is expected to visit Davenport as well to discuss his “America First Education Policy.”
The rising tensions between Trump and DeSantis come as some factions of the Republican Party believe that it is time for new leadership.
However, polling has consistently showed President Trump leading against hypothetical Republican challengers.
Governor DeSantis has not yet directly responded to the rumors about a potential presidential bid. Nevertheless, Iowa is undoubtedly the place to start for those with presidential aspirations.
A recent poll conducted by Emerson College Polling showed President Trump’s dominance in New Hampshire is unmatched against other GOP contenders.
The poll found:
“Former President Donald Trump holds a 41-point lead in a hypothetical Republican primary, with 58% support. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds 17%, followed by Governor Sununu at 7%, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley at 6%, and former Vice President Mike Pence at 4%.”
A poll conducted by Morning Consult measured potential GOP candidates and discovered that:
“Trump leads his closest likely rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by 25 percentage points among potential Republican primary voters, 53% to 28%. The 25-point gap in the latest survey follows a 26-point lead that Trump held in another survey conducted Feb. 26-28 — the largest advantages gauged since our daily tracking of the hypothetical contest began in early December.”
The poll also concluded that while President Trump beats Biden with a 1-point advantage, Desantis “trails President Joe Biden by 4 points in a hypothetical general election contest in what’s his worst showing against Biden since tracking began.”