Ron DeSantis Topples Trump as 2024 Favorite in Key Primary State
voters are favoring Mr. DeSantis in the party’s presidential primary
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has toppled former President Donald Trump as the 2024 favorite among in a key primary state.
According to new polls, voters are favoring Mr. DeSantis in the party’s presidential primary.
A survey released New Hampshire revealed DeSantis leading in a hypothetical Republican primary matchup.
A Granite State Poll found DeSantis leading Donald Trump, 39% to 37% among likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters.
The results are statistical tie between the two potential candidates as Trump’s popularity in the Granite State has been declining.
As The Washington Times notes:
Additional data from the poll show Mr. DeSantis beating President Biden in a 2024 general election matchup, 47% to 46%, which is another statistical tie.
Trump would lose to Mr. Biden in the general election, 50% to 43%. Mr. Biden won New Hampshire in 2020 by nearly 8 points.
“DeSantis runs better against Biden than does Trump, a further sign of Trump’s weakening support among NH Republicans,” the pollsters said in a statement.
UNH Survey Center Director Andrew Smith said it’s too soon for the poll to predict a New Hampshire primary winner.
However, the early numbers show Mr. DeSantis “is certainly positioning himself to be in a good spot, should he decide to run.”
The New Hampshire primary is seen as one of the most critical contests in determining the Republican presidential nominee.
The state has conducted the nation’s first primary and the winner often secures a spot as a frontrunner and eventual winner.
The New Hampshire Republican primary victor has gone on to win the party’s nomination for president in every contest since 1968 except the 1996 and 2000 primaries.
While he sidesteps questions about a White House run in 2024, DeSantis regularly attacks Biden, while rarely mentioning his Democratic opponents.
Trump strongly hinted he’ll run a third time for president telling media outlets he would beat Mr. DeSantis.
Trump maintains strong support among Republicans in most polls.
A June 5 poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico found Trump leading Mr. DeSantis 51% to 18% in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
The New Hampshire poll results favoring DeSantis suggest Republicans may be looking beyond Mr. Trump in 2024.
National Republican megadonors poured millions of dollars into the effort to re-elect Mr. DeSantis in Florida.
DeSantis is the only candidate other than Trump to win double-digit support.