The Republican Party is already looking to the 2024 presidential election and the race is already heating up. A new survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies shows that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is leading former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head primary race in Iowa, and tied with him in New Hampshire.
The poll found that 45 percent of respondents in Iowa said they would vote for DeSantis, while 37 percent said they’d cast their vote for Trump. In New Hampshire, both candidates received 39 percent of support from respondents. When asked which GOP candidate is better suited to defeat President Joe Biden, a majority of voters in both states chose DeSantis.
DeSantis has high favorability among Republican voters, with 81 percent of respondents in Iowa and 77 percent of respondents in New Hampshire having a favorable opinion of him. Among GOP voters Trump's favorability rating is 74 percent in Iowa and 69 percent in New Hampshire.
Though DeSantis has not officially declared his candidacy, he is widely seen as a leading contender for the GOP nomination in 2024. He has come under pressure to speak out against the potential arrest of Trump, however, and accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of “weaponizing” his office in remarks to reporters last week.
The former president held a huge rally recently in Texas.
In case the mainstream media tries to tell you no one showed up to Pres. Donald Trump’s Waco rally.
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TRUMP: We will liberate America from these villains and tyrants who are looking to destroy our country. We will not bend, we will not break, we will not yield. We will never give in, we will never give up, we will never ever back down. We will complete the mission, we will cross… pic.twitter.com/9ZZV2BFNZg
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President @realDonaldTrump At Rally In Waco, Texas
"We will use all necessary state, local, federal and military resources to carry out the Largest Domestic Deportation Operation in American History. And Eisenhower did it, so we don't have to feel so bad." pic.twitter.com/ect8Um48Rt
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