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REMARKABLE RON:  Hand it to Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.  He knows how to govern, and he knows how to run for office.  The Democrats loathe him, which is a good-enough recommendation for me.  There is major presidential talk about Ron, should Trump not run...and even if he does.  A late New Hampshire poll show DeSantis making a dramatic impression on the Republican Party.  From Fox: 

DURHAM, New Hampshire – A public opinion survey in New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first primary in presidential race, indicates that Florida Gov. Gov. Ron DeSantis has a razor-thin margin over former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary match-up.

According to polling numbers released on Wednesday by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 39% of likely Republican primary voters in the Granite State would support the first-term Florida governor, with 37% backing the former president. Respondents were provided a list of potential contenders for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and DeSantis margin was well within the survey’s sampling error.

Former Vice President Mike Pence stood at 9% in the survey, with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, at 6%. The other possible Republican White House hopefuls on the list offered by the pollsters stood at one percent support, or less.

The survey suggests support among New Hampshire Republicans for DeSantis is surging. Trump held a 43%-18% advantage in support of DeSantis the last time the UNH Survey Center asked a 2024 GOP presidential nomination preference question, in October of last year. Trump topped DeSantis 47%-19% in UNH’s survey last July.

COMMENT:  Clearly, a large number of Republicans are prepared to consider candidates other than the former president.  We make no predictions, and early leaders sometimes fade.  But I have the sense that Ron DeSantis is becoming a major national figure, with the political skill and brainpower to maintain that status.

June 23, 2022