In a recent Republican debate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerged as the most presidential candidate, according to a poll. The survey revealed that viewers perceived DeSantis as not only the most presidential but also the most competent among the contenders.
The poll asked viewers to rate the five candidates who participated in the debate. DeSantis topped the list with an average ranking of 6.6 points. When viewers were asked to view the debate as a head-to-head contest between DeSantis and Haley, 56 percent of respondents declared DeSantis as the best performer, while 35 percent favored Haley.
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Despite the commanding lead held by Trump in the primary race, the positive reviews for DeSantis indicate a shift in momentum. The Florida governor’s campaign took these reviews as validation of their strategy, which focused on highlighting DeSantis’ achievements without getting too involved in the disputes of other candidates.
DeSantis’ campaign manager, James Uthmeier, stated that following a historic endorsement by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and a significant debate win in Miami, DeSantis has put Trump on the defensive with the Iowa caucus just 68 days away.
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Both DeSantis and Haley were cautious during the debate not to criticize Trump too harshly, to avoid alienating his loyal supporters.
Vivek Ramaswamy, another contender, had a strong first debate but has since faded. His aggressive style has reportedly irritated some viewers. DeSantis, on the other hand, has managed to maintain his popularity and relevance in the race.
A year ago, DeSantis won a landslide victory in his reelection as Florida governor and was considered the candidate to beat for the 2024 nomination. However, his rising star was overshadowed by Trump’s mammoth campaign. Despite this, DeSantis suggested that Trump was not the formidable contender he once was and criticized him for failing to follow through on his ‘America First’ policies.
In conclusion, the recent Republican debate has highlighted DeSantis as a strong presidential candidate. His performance in the debate and his strategic approach have earned him positive reviews and increased support among viewers. As the race continues, it will be interesting to see how these dynamics evolve and whether DeSantis can maintain his momentum.