Voters in Miami-Dade County are sending a clear message to the nation: they want Ron DeSantis as Governor of Florida, but they don’t want him as their President. While the former Congressman DeSantis, a Republican, won the governor’s race in the county in 2018, he has recently stepped up his pursuit of the nation’s top job. He has taken part in two Republican presidential primary debates and has actively campaigned in South Florida, hoping to win over a critical group of voters in this key swing state. However, the reception from Miami-Dade voters has, for the most part, been tepid. In recent polls, he has failed to gain any traction with this group of voters. In a poll conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International, DeSantis received just 4% support from the county’s voters who participated in the survey. Why this lack of support? Miami-Dade voters feel that DeSantis has abandoned his duties as governor in the pursuit of higher office. They believe that he has neglected important issues in the state that he was elected to lead, such as the ongoing battle against climate change and the need to create policies that support economic growth and job creation. Additionally, many of Miami-Dade’s voters have expressed doubt that DeSantis can bridge the wide political divide that exists in Washington. This skepticism is rooted in DeSantis’s own past voting record in Congress, which sided with hardline conservative positions and further sought to deepen Washington’s already-critical partisan divide. In short, Miami-Dade voters may be willing to give DeSantis another shot at lead their state but they are far from ready to risk handing him the keys to the White House.