- Some 27 percent of GOP viewers said Donald Trump won the second debate
- He stayed away from the stage leaving seven rivals to slug it out without him
- Viewers also said that Ron DeSantis came across as the most ‘competent’
Former President Donald Trump won the second Republican debate on Wednesday night by simply staying away, according to a snap poll of viewers for DailyMail.com.
But there was good news for challenger Ron DeSantis who was declared the most ‘presidential’ and the most ‘competent’ of the candidates who took the stage at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in California.
Analysts said DeSantis put in a more assured performance than the first debate when he disappeared from sight at times. This time, he dinged Trump directly and leant into his record as Florida governor to describe how he would lead the nation.
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21
Yet in a sign of Trump’s grip on the party base, a poll conducted by J.L. Partners found that 27 percent of viewers judged him to be the night’s winner, pipping tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy by one point and DeSantis by 10 points.