It is still unclear who the Republicans will send as the top candidates in the race for the office of US President. Although Florida’s governor DeSantis is leading a direct duel against the ex-president, according to the poll, the divided opposition could help Trump win.
Donald Trump would have a hard time beating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential campaign, but other candidates could give the former US President enough votes to win a majority of delegates in a tightly packed field to win. That’s according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll released on Wednesday.
The poll found DeSantis in a neck-and-neck race 45-41 percent ahead of Trump, similar to last month when he led 45-42 percent. However, if former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is fielded as the nominee, she would be preferred by 11 percent of voters, essentially splitting the anti-Trump vote and giving the former US president a lead of 38 to 35 percent versus DeSantis. In a field expanded to nine likely candidates, Trump leads 37 to 36 against the governor of Florida.
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Various polls have shown that Trump has lost much of his support among Republican voters since the November 2022 midterm congressional elections, in which candidates he supported fared worse than expected. In contrast, DeSantis won re-election as state governor by the widest margin in 40 years. At the same time, he led an election campaign in which Florida candidates helped the Republican Party regain control of the US House of Representatives. A poll by the US newspaper USAToday last December’s issue even revealed that Republican voters, by a majority almost two to one, want a candidate other than Trump for the party’s presidential nomination in 2024.
But even if Trump retains the unwavering support of at least three in 10 Republican voters, he could garner a multitude of votes while his peers vie for the remaining 70 percent.
According to another poll by Yahoo/YouGov, current US President Joe Biden is ahead of Trump by 46 to 40 percent in a direct duel. The current incumbent’s lead over DeSantis is 44 to 42.
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