DeSantis, Rubio Outperformed National GOP Among Key Demographics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was updating residents of the path of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

At a glance

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio outperformed GOP candidates nationally among college-educated voters, Latinos and young people – groups that historically have not been enthusiastic about the GOP.
  • DeSantis, for example, outperformed Republicans among Latino voters, winning them by an 18-point margin, while the GOP lost that demographic nationally by 21 points.
  • Among young voters, typically a Democrat constituency, DeSantis outperformed Republicans nationally, 43% to 35%.


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