Donald Trump officially launched his 2024 Presidential campaign on Tuesday.
But Trump received an unexpected surprise earlier that day.
And Donald Trump was handed a set of devastating numbers about his future that caught him completely off guard.
Donald Trump has been the unquestionable leader of the Republican Party for the past six years.
Although Trump is still considered a powerful voice in the GOP, some Republicans are starting to ask if there is another path forward after the disappointing Midterm elections.
After he crushed Charlie Crist by 19 points and turned Florida into a solid Red state, Governor Ron DeSantis is the one Republican many are looking at as the potential future of the Party.
According to a post-election YouGuv poll, DeSantis is now leading Trump 42 to 35 in a hypothetical 2024 Republican Presidential Primary.
NEW: More Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents now say they'd prefer DeSantis (42%) as their 2024 presidential nominee over Trump than say they'd prefer Trump to DeSantis (35%). In an October poll w/@YahooNews, Trump was preferred, 45% to 35%.https://t.co/DKd1ugnNrs pic.twitter.com/i1OtpLVASJ
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) November 12, 2022
DeSantis is also rising in other polls as well.
Even though Morning Consult found Trump on top with 48 percent to 26 percent, DeSantis rose 18 points since their last poll taken in May of 2021.
“Despite the seemingly inverse fortunes of the two men, should they decide to run against each other, Trump and his potential heir apparent are pulling from slightly different parts of the Republican primary electorate. For example, the average Trump-supporting potential primary voter is slightly more likely to be a woman, a person of color or lack a college education, while the average DeSantis backer is more likely to hail from the suburbs, live in a higher-income household and be of retirement age,” Morning Consult wrote of their poll.
Ron DeSantis is certainly the most popular Republican elected official in the country.
DeSantis is considered the leader among elected officials who stood up and rejected Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci’s COVID lockdowns and mandates.
Trump and DeSantis remain the two most popular Republicans in America.
But which one is on top appears to be changing in the aftermath of the Midterm elections.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.