‘Red’ Florida Hands Rubio, DeSantis Double-Digit Leads: Poll

  • Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has opened an 11-point lead over Rep. Val Demings, 54% to 43%,  according to a new poll from the University of Florida Public Opinion Research Lab.
  • The same poll found that Gov. Ron DeSantis has opened a 14-point lead over Democrat challenger Charlie Crist, 55% to 41%.
  • “The surprise in these numbers is that a statewide race in Florida is closer to a blowout than a recount,” said Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and UNF political science professor. “Florida has become a red state, it will likely take an exceptionally weak Republican candidate for Democrats to win statewide — and Rubio is not a weak candidate.”

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