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New Poll: DeSantis Leads Trump Among Pennsylvania GOP Voters

The poll showed DeSantis 5 points ahead of Trump and 33 points ahead of former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who finished third.

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leads former President Donald Trump among Republican voters in Pennsylvania, a new poll reveals.

A survey by Susquehanna Polling and Research showed 37 percent of respondents preferred DeSantis compared to 32 percent who selected Trump. Many voters remain undecided, with 17 percent of voters opting against picking a candidate at this juncture.

Pollsters surveyed 800 Pennsylvania voters, including over 300 who identified themselves as registered Republicans. The poll has a +/- 3.2 percent margin of error, according to PennLive.

The Susquehanna findings come less than a week after a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll showed the governor held a double-digit lead over President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.


The results indicate that no other candidates currently present a formidable challenge to either DeSantis or Trump in a potential 2024 primary battle for the Keystone State.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ranked third, garnering a meager 4 percent. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Vice President Mike Pence each claimed 2 percent, while former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) both got 1 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) earned 0 percent.

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DeSantis, whose father is from Pennsylvania, has already made two memorable appearances in the Keystone State in 2023. The Union League, a historic private club in Philadelphia, honored DeSantis with its prestigious “Gold Award” on January 25. The award was first bestowed upon President Abraham Lincoln and is “conferred on men who were regarded as deserving well of their country.”

The governor’s one-day Law and Order tour stopped in Philadelphia on February 20, where he bashed the “Defund the Police” movement and touted Florida’s commitment to “men and women who wear the uniform.”

On April 1, the governor is slated to speak at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Harrisburg.