Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is widely considered one of the top GOP contenders for the White House in 2024.
But first, the People’s Governor will have to win re-election as Governor this year.
And the latest round of polling in the Democrat primary is sure to have DeSantis feeling confident.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is up for re-election this November.
DeSantis is facing Boston native John Joseph Mercadante in the GOP primary.
Mercadante isn’t running a very serious or competitive campaign, so DeSantis is able to look ahead to the general election.
However, the Democrat primary – for the right to take on DeSantis – has been hotly contested.
Former Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, and current State Senator Annette Taddeo are all in the running.
Interesting note, Taddeo was actually Crist’s running mate in his last bid for Governor in 2014.
But it’s been mostly a two-person race between the party-switching Crist and Nikki Fried.
In the latest St. Pete Polls survey, Crist is beginning to run away with the contest.
Respondents were asked, “if the Democratic Primary Election for Florida Governor were held today, and the candidates were Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried and Annette Taddeo, who would you vote for?”
Crist has a sizable lead, sitting at 52.2%, while Fried is lagging way behind at 18.6%, and Taddeo is barely registering with just 5.2%.
The race was previously more competitive, until Fried began to self-destruct with unusual decisions and statements.
It’s absurd that I have to dignify this, but there is no sex tape. Sorry to disappoint. Also sorry basically every successful woman has to deal with these types of rumors.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) April 15, 2022
Including when she took to Twitter to deny non-existent sex tape rumors.
Yes, one of the major candidates running to be the Democrat nominee in the Governor’s contest in America’s third-largest state, seemingly created a sex tape rumor about herself, so she could deny it and claim all successful women have to put up with these types of attacks.
Crist has a checkered political past in the Sunshine State.
He was elected Governor back in 2006 as a Republican.
As Governor, Crist sent mixed messages on his feeling about abortion and backed Barack Obama’s crippling “stimulus” package.
He opted not to run for re-election in 2010 and instead made a bid for the U.S. Senate, where he started out as the strong frontrunner.
However, he lost favor with the Tea Party movement and failed in the Republican Primary, won by Marco Rubio.
In a bad case of being a poor sport, Crist decided to continue running for Senate, but changing to an independent.
He was heavily criticized for not returning money donated to him while he was pretending to be a Republican.
But Crist lost yet again to Rubio in the general election.
Having failed as both a Republican and independent, Crist switched parties again, becoming a Democrat.
He became the Democrat nominee for Governor in 2014 – but again lost in the general to then-incumbent Governor Rick Scott.
Crist was going to run for Senate again in 2016, but backed out when Marco Rubio decided to run for re-election.
Instead, he ran for a U.S. House seat, barely eking out a victory over Never-Trumper David Jolly.
In the RealClearPolitics average of polling, DeSantis leads Crist in a hypothetical head-to-head contest by 8.8-points.
That lead expanded to 21-points in the most recent poll.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.