Republican voters have spoken and overwhelmingly want Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis to be Donald Trump’s running mate if he runs for president in 2024.
According to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 27 percent of Republican voters said they want Trump to pick DeSantis as his potential vice president, compared to 15 percent who wanted former Vice President Mike Pence.
Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, came third with 12 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz placed fourth with 9 percent when respondents were asked whom they would like to see as Trump’s Republican running mate.
After what happened on January 6, 2020, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump hinted earlier this month that he will not be looking at former Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate if he runs for president in 2024.
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump said.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Trump signaled that his relationship with Pence might be beyond repair after Pence failed to stop his VP from certifying the 2020 election results in Congress last January 6, regardless of the fact that Pence did not have the power to do so in his purely ceremonial role as presiding officer of the Senate.
“Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,” Trump said. “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”
Trump is still by far the most popular candidate within the Republican Party for the 2024 ticket, with more than half of respondents (56 percent) naming him as their preferred choice. The poll also found that 82 percent of Republicans still viewed Trump favorably, compared with 17 percent who held unfavorable views of the former president.
According to a collection of national polls since November 2021, compiled by the Polling USA Twitter account, Trump was polling at 52.5 percent on average as of March 17, with DeSantis a distant second at 18.7 percent. Pence was even further behind in third, receiving an average of 9.3 percent among the GOP’s preferred 2024 picks.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll was conducted between March 18 and 21 among 729 registered Republican voters. It had a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.