Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is easily beating his potential Democratic, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.
While it’s obviously still early, two things jump out to me about these results.
One is that DeSantis is beating Representative Charlie Crist, the Democratic frontrunner, by eight points. Given that Crist has served as governor and has been running for office in the state for decades, it suggests that DeSantis’s leads cannot merely be chalked up to name recognition.
The other notable feature of these polls is that DeSantis is polling above 50 percent against all potential Democratic challengers. Typically, when incumbents are in danger, they will poll in the low to mid-40s at this point in the cycle.
Of course, a lot can happen in nine months, but add these results to the fact that Biden lost Florida and has seen his popularity tumble since then, DeSantis has to be feeling pretty good right now.
FL GOV poll (Mason-Dixon):
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) 51
Rep. Charlie Crist (D) 43
Ag Commish Nikki Fried (D) 42
St Sen. Annette Taddeo (D) 37
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) February 15, 2022