DeSantis to Visit Harrisburg, PA Poll Favors DeSantis for President

Photo: CBS NewsHARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – WHTM is reporting… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is scheduled to speak at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Harrisburg next month.  According to the conference’s website, the potential 2024 Republican presidential nominee is among the eight featured speakers at the event scheduled to start on March 30.  According to the conference’s agenda, DeSantis will be a special guest during a leadership luncheon on April 1.  Kellyanne Conway, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Jake Corman’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign, will be the featured speaker at the conference.  Others scheduled to appear at the Penn Harris Hotel are Fox News contributor Guy Benson, and Pennsylvania State Senator Jarrett Coleman.

In January, DeSantis spoke to law enforcement leaders in Philadelphia and received The Union League’s gold medal.  DeSantis is planning his first visit to Iowa next week, making a stop in the leadoff Republican voting state before an expected 2024 presidential announcement later this year.  DeSantis has scheduled events on March 10 in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport and the state capital, Des Moines, to promote his new book, “The Courage to be Free.” He will be accompanied by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who has said she plans to remain neutral before the 2024 Iowa caucuses.  The plans were confirmed by two aides to Republican officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preempt DeSantis’ announcement.

HARRISBURG – PennLive is reporting… A small sampling of Pennsylvania Republican voters shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leading former President Donald Trump in a field of possible GOP 2024 presidential candidates.  According to the poll conducted by Harrisburg-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, DeSantis received 37% of Republican support while Trump received 32% with 17% of GOP voters saying they were unsure.  “This is significant because it shows DeSantis is already making huge inroads with Republican voters in a key swing state Trump won in 2016,” Susquehanna wrote in a summary.

While Trump has said he is running for president again, DeSantis has yet to formally announce, although all indications are that he will launch a White House bid. DeSantis was just announced as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, a prominent annual gathering of state Republicans.  Other announced or potential candidates included in the question for Pennsylvania Republicans were Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (2%); Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, (4%); former Vice President Mike Pence (2%); former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (1%), South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (1%) and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (0%).

Susquehanna, a conservative polling firm, surveyed 800 Pennsylvania voters and about 320 identified themselves as registered Republican voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.2%.  In a separate poll of 800 voters nationwide with about 300 registered Republicans, Trump led DeSantis 29% to 27% with Haley garnering 10%. The results of polling on a hypothetical 2024 rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden show that Trump might have an uphill battle nationally and in the Keystone State.  Susquehanna’s survey found Biden leading Trump 48% to 41% in Pennsylvania and 52% to 39% nationally.  Biden won 50.01% of the vote in Pennsylvania in 2020, while Trump received 48.84%. Nationally, Biden won 51.39% and Trump received 46.8%.

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