Trump Succeeds At Keeping DeSantis At Bay

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

A new CNN survey has found that Former President Trump is beating Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) by 4 percentage points in a hypothetical catchup for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

The survey was conducted among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and it shows that 40 percent would back Trump in his third campaign for the White House. Trump announced that he would be running for the presidency in November. On the other hand, DeSantis who has not yet announced his intentions for 2024 would receive support from 36% of respondents.

Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who was the second major Republican to join the presidential race, would receive support from 6% of those surveyed. She is tied in this percentage with former Vice President Mike Pence, who has not yet announced whether or not he would be placing a presidential bid.

According to the poll’s separate responses, only around 22% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would like to see someone other than Trump win the GOP nomination. The results of this poll were widely expected as they are aligned with the results of other surveys which show that the former President is still leading in a potential race against DeSantis.

On Monday, Trump criticized DeSantis during his first Iowa speech of the campaign calling him a RINO, which stands for a Republican in Name Only. DeSantis has said that he would not be making a decision on the presidential race until the end of the state’s legislative session. Florida’s legislative session ends at the end of June.