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“Desired by Miami-Dade: Ron DeSantis for Governor, Not Commander-in-Chief!

With the 2020 election only months away, Florida residents are voicing their preferences for President and Governor of the state. A recent survey conducted by the Miami-Dade County Election Department showed a majority of registered voters preferring Republican Ron DeSantis for Governor but not for President. The survey, conducted from May 14 to 19 among about 5,000 registered voters in Miami-Dade, showed DeSantis as the leading choice for Governor. 64 percent of the respondents said they would vote for DeSantis while 19 percent said they would vote for Democrat Andrew Gillum. 17 percent of respondents were still undecided on the Governor race. Interestingly, when it came to the choice of President, the results of the survey were significantly different. Only 44 percent of voters in Miami-Dade said they would vote for DeSantis if he were the Republican nominee for President, while 37 percent said they would vote for Trump and another 19 percent were undecided. This data implies strong support for DeSantis among Miami-Dade voters when it comes to the Governorship, but when it comes to the Presidency, there is much greater reluctance. This can be due to several reasons, such as DeSantis’ earlier comments on the economy and the environment, or his links to Trump. These results, in combination with the fact that DeSantis’ approval rating has decreased 4 percent since March, make it clear that DeSantis may have strong support in Miami-Dade for the Governorship. However, leads a more uncertain Presidential future in the state. It is important to note that DeSantis is likely to do much better in other parts of the state, given his popularity. The survey results show that while Florida residents may prefer DeSantis for the Governorship, his candidacy for President is still up in the air. Nevertheless, it is a good sign for DeSantis and for Florida voters that there is an increase in support for his Governorship. We will have to wait and see if DeSantis’ support will converge to an acceptable point, or if the current divide will continue until November.