Analysis: The political numbers that explain the Abbott and DeSantis migrant decisions

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Republican governors like Greg Abbott of Texas, and more recently Florida’s Ron DeSantis, have been making a habit of sending migrants located in their Sun Belt states to northern Democratic-voting cities. While there may be policy reasons for their decisions, there are clear political considerations as well.

Both men, especially DeSantis ahead of a potential 2024 presidential bid, are using one of the most potent issues in Republican circles – immigration – to play to the base of their party in a number of ways.

No matter how you define the wave of migrants that have arrived from Central America, South America and the Caribbean, most Republicans don’t want them here.

A CNN/SSRS poll from earlier this year found that 65% of Republicans opposed allowing…

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