Nearly three-quarters of Republicans want Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to wield influence over the GOP’s future, while nearly two-thirds want former President Donald Trump to exercise that power, according to a new poll that shows an emerging trend. Hoi indicates party rivalry. .

An ABC News/Ipsos poll said 72% were interested in seeing Mr. DeSantis increase his influence over the party, compared with 64% for Mr. Trump.

In a late October poll of more than 600 voters, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in just behind the former president with 63 percent.

Mr. DeSantis is considered an ally of Trump in rhetoric and style, but the pair have been in turmoil as they have become dominant players in the GOP.

The Florida governor reportedly recorded a robocall to Colorado Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, a Republican who has rejected Mr. Trump.

“America desperately needs strong leadership. That’s why I’m endorsing Joe O’Dea for the U.S. Senate,” Mr. DeSantis says in the call, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner.

Mr Trump posted the article on his Truth social platform and wrote, “Big mistake!” above the link.

Mr. O’Dea spoke in favor of Mr. DeSantis about Mr. Trump during Sunday talk shows earlier this month, prompting Mr. Trump to say that “MAGA doesn’t vote for idiots with big mouths.”

Mr. DeSantis’ endorsement of the candidate is a rare example of a public break with Mr. Trump.

Earlier this year, Mr. DeSantis said he regretted not speaking out against Mr. Trump’s stay-at-home recommendation in March 2020 during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The governor followed the White House’s lead in advising Floridians to stay home. Time.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, appeared to refuse to say directly to Mr. DeSantis whether he had received a booster shot for COVID-19.

“They don’t want to say it because they’re ruthless,” Mr. Trump told One America News in January. “You have to say that, whether you’ve had it or not. That two. But the fact is, I think the vaccine has saved tens of millions around the world. I’ve had absolutely no side effects.”

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