Ron DeSantis hit by devastating new data that puts him on path to catastrophic defeat in home state of Florida

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Trump gloated about his staggering win against his rival on Truth Social

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Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop


Published: 20/11/2023

- 17:38

Updated: 21/11/2023

- 11:17

The former President is now 39 points ahead of his rival DeSantis

Donald Trump had won 60 per cent of Republican support in Ron DeSantis’ home state of Florida, putting the Governor on the path for defeat.

The former President is now 39 points ahead of DeSantis, his rival, a new poll from the University of North Florida has revealed.


Trump, 77, won 60 per cent of support whilst DeSantis, 45, only gathered 21 per cent of votes.

The University of North Florida surveyed 788 people between October 23 and November 4.

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The results will come as deeply worrying to the Governor of Florida, a University of North Florida official has said.

Dr Michael Binder, director of the university’s Public Opinion Research Lab, said: “Despite historically high approval in the polls, Governor DeSantis losing steam in his home state doesn't bode well for his national campaign.

“Even if you wipe out the rest of the competition in a head-to-head, Trump leads DeSantis by 20 points.”

Following DeSantis in third place was Trump’s former UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, with six per cent.

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In fourth and fifth place respectively place were Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, with two per cent, and Vivek Ramaswamy, a millionaire entrepreneur, with one per cent.

Ramaswamy, a political newcomer, started off strong but now appears to be lagging behind the rest of his competitors.

Trump gloated about his staggering win against his rival, who he has dubbed “DeSanctimonious”, on his Truth Social account.

The Florida respondents were also asked about their feelings regarding Trump’s actions following the 2020 election.

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The results will come as deeply worrying to the Governor of Florida, a University of North Florida official has said

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Over 70 per cent said they agreed with the statement that Trump was “exercising his right to contest the election”.

Just 16 per cent found the statement “he went so far that he threatened American democracy”, to be more fitting.

Binder said: “Given the support for Trump in the upcoming election, it's not surprising that most of these voters think he was within his rights to contest the election.

“Interestingly, the 16 per cent who think he threatened democracy tend to favour DeSantis narrowly over Nikki Haley.”

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