Trump extends lead over DeSantis in new poll of possible GOP primary field

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  • Former President Donald Trump expanded his lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a new poll of potential 2024 Republican presidential primary fields.
  • Trump received 46% support among a hypothetical group of candidates, compared to 32% for DeSantis.
  • DeSantis, who has not yet announced his widely expected presidential campaign, has recently come under fire from Trump and other presidential contenders.

Donald Trump is making his lead on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will likely start as the former president’s top competitor in the 2024 Republican presidential primary if he runs, according to a vote of a possible GOP field released Wednesday.

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The latest Quinnipiac University poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters found Trump received 46% support in a hypothetical GOP primary field, with DeSantis receiving 32%.

It’s a welcome change for Trump, who holds a just 6 percent lead over DeSantis in Quinnipiac. february poll Potential primary sector. The former president had at that time led his likely rival by a margin of 42% to 36%.

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In a new poll asked who they would support in a head-to-head match-up between Trump and DeSantis, 51% of respondents chose the former president, while 40% chose the governor.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement, “DeSantis may be a topic of discussion in the GOP conversation, but for now Trump is showing no erosion and, in fact, his lead in the Republican primary is surging. “

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Quinnipiac’s results from 677 Republican and Republican-leaning voters had a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

The new election comes at a time when DeSantis is facing intense fire from Trump and other presidential contenders as his national profile continues to rise. Florida’s governor has yet to announce his widely anticipated presidential campaign, but he has taken several early steps to indicate he may soon launch a bid.

At a campaign rally in Iowa on Monday, Trump slammed DeSantis from an angle on his record on ethanol appeared hissing Amid crowds of his supporters in the nation’s biggest corn-producing state.

Earlier Wednesday, the pro-Trump super PAC announced it was asking a Florida ethics panel to investigate DeSantis and possibly disqualify him from the ballot for violating state laws.

Meanwhile, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, another GOP presidential candidate, criticized DeSantis for “Copy“Trump said this week that defending Ukraine against Russian invasion was a no-no”vital“American interest. DeSantis’ remarks also drew attention Criticism from several Republican senators.

Haley, the former South Carolina governor who launched her presidential bid last month, received 5% support in the latest Quinnipiac poll. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is considering running for the White House, was supported by 3% of respondents.

None of the 11 other candidates in the poll’s hypothetical GOP primary field received more than 2% of the remaining support.

Of a total of 1,635 registered voters surveyed in the latest poll, 49% said they would vote for President Joe Biden over Trump if the 2024 election was held today. Another 45% said they would back the former president over the Democratic incumbent.

However, respondents almost completely split their support in a hypothetical matchup between Biden and DeSantis. In that likely race, 47% supported the president, while 46% supported the governor.

The questions to self-identified registered voters had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

Biden is expected to run for reelection, potentially setting him up for a rematch with Trump, who was defeated in 2020. Quinnipiac found that larger shares of registered voters have negative views of Biden, Trump, DeSantis, Pence and Haley than positive views.

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