Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis leads among likely Hispanic voters in the Sunshine State as he seeks to win a second term Nov. 8, according to a new poll out Monday.

According to the Telemundo/LX News survey, 51% of Hispanic voters said they would support DeSantis, while 44% said they would pull the lever for Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Of the remainder, 4% said they were undecided about their vote, while the remaining 1% said they would support someone else.

By contrast, exit polling of DeSantis’ narrow 2018 gubernatorial win over then-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum showed the Republican losing the Latino vote by 10 percentage points.

The poll is the strongest indicator yet of DeSantis’ broad appeal as he seeks to lay the groundwork for a potential presidential run in 2024. With DeSantis and Crist set to go head-to-head on the debate stage Monday night, the Republican incumbent leads the Democratic challenger by an average of 10 percentage points in polls, according to RealClearPolitics.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, among Hispanics in Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, 51% to 44% among Hispanics in Florida.
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The survey shows DeSantis leading Crist by 50 percentage points among Cuban voters (72%-22%), but trailing badly among Puerto Rican voters (59%-37% Crist). Among other national groups, Crist leads DeSantis by 53% to 43%.

The candidates are tied among women (48%) and among voters aged 49 and younger (47%), while DeSantis barely leads Crist among voters born in the US (48%-47%). Among voters born outside America, DeSantis leads by 16 percentage points (56%-40%).

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist campaigns Oct. 17 in Miami, Fla.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist campaigns Oct. 17 in Miami, Fla.
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The incumbent also has a big edge among Hispanic voters aged 50 and older (54%-42%) and self-described independent voters (56%-34%).

The poll also found more Hispanic voters backed DeSantis sending two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in September, with 50% approving and 43% disapproving — including 52% of Hispanics born outside the United States. ​

Poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis leading Democratic challenger Charlie Crist among Hispanics in Florida.
Poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis leading Democratic challenger Charlie Crist among Hispanics in Florida.
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Among Hispanics born in the US, 49% approved of the Martha’s Vineyard flights, while 45% disapproved.

Overall, DeSantis has a 56% job approval rating among Hispanic voters, receiving particularly high marks for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic (64%), and his response to Hurricane Ian (73%).

The poll surveyed 625 registered Hispanic voters between Oct. 17 – 20 who said they were likely to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.



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