The Republican National Committee might as well just hand President Donald Trump the party’s nomination for president on a silver platter. Even Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to join the race can’t shake Trump’s stranglehold on the nomination, according to a new poll from Morning Consult. It shows Republicans nationwide favor the former president over DeSantis by a whopping 34-point lead. This consistent lead has been maintained for weeks, despite speculation around DeSantis’ potential to upend the party’s leader. Former Vice President Mike Pence and other candidates like former Governor Asa Hutchinson and Vivek Ramaswamy, all pulled in single-digit percentages.
Nearly 3,500 poll respondents were asked about handling of the economy, immigration, foreign policy, and Medicare/Medicaid, with Trump outpacing DeSantis significantly on every issue. As America’s former president, Trump’s success in these areas is understandable, while DeSantis has room to grow since he’s governor of Florida. DeSantis’ botched campaign launch did not move the needle much on this poll.
2024 National Republican Primary
• Trump — 56% (+34)
• DeSantis — 22%
• Pence — 5%
• Haley — 4%
• Ramaswamy — 4%
• T. Scott — 3%
• Cheney — 2%
• Noem — 1%
• Hutchinson — 1%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 31, 2023
To make things worse for DeSantis, the poll of 6,000 likely voters shows him tied with President Joe Biden in the general election, while Trump is also tied, but only slightly behind in electability. These results indicate a decline in support for DeSantis and a boost for Trump since previous polls released in January.
As Republicans jostle through the nomination process, President Biden will use every opportunity given to paint his rivals as extremists who are a danger for the country. The White House’s strategy hopes to deflect from the president’s poor handling of the economy and to keep raising concerns about high gas prices and persistent inflation. Biden knows he won’t stand a chance against Trump, so he’s praying that DeSantis will become his Republican rival, to lessen the chance of losing the Democratic lead.
The fight between Trump and DeSantis will be on full display in August when they are likely to participate in the Republican National Committee debate, hosted by Fox News. But let’s face it, Trump’s lead is so big that his re-election will be a cakewalk. Will DeSantis try and be Trump’s Vice President, though? Only time will tell.
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