The rivalry between former President Donald Trump and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has grown increasingly intense as the Republican primary heats up.
However, newly released polling data suggests that the party would be better off if both men joined forces.
According to The Washington Times, a survey carried out by Rasmussen Reports and Political Media Inc. found that "a Trump-DeSantis unity ticket would handily defeat President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris."
Conducted between April 27 and May 2 among 1,050 likely voters via telephone and online questionnaires, it found that 51% would favor Trump-Biden versus 43% who would back Biden-Harris.
Larry Ward is president of Political Media Inc., and he said having the former president and Florida governor come together would open the possibility that Republicans could win the popular vote for the first time in two decades.
"Trump/DeSantis wins with women, independents, Hispanics and college grads and does historically well with African Americans," Ward was quoted as saying.
However, one unnamed Republican operative told the Times, "There is a snowball’s chance in hell they share a ticket. Donald Trump would not reward someone he views as disloyal with a VP slot."
What's more, the fact that both Trump and DeSantis are residents of Florida could create a conflict with the Constitution’s 12th Amendment.
It reads, "The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves."
In addition to focusing on Trump and DeSantis, the poll also asked likely voters how they would feel about a ticket featuring Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
A Trump-Lake ticket would best the president and vice president by five points while a Trump-Greene ticket would lose to Biden and Harris by four points.
While DeSantis has yet to officially declare any ambitions for 2024, the poll concluded that he lags Trump among Republican primary voters by 8%.
Interestingly, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this weekend showed both Trump and DeSantis beating Biden in a head-to-head matchup.
What's more, it concluded that only a third of Americans think Biden mentally competent to serve out another term in the White House.