Politico Poll: Trump Leads DeSantis (Newsmax/"Greg Kelly Reports")
By Eric Mack | Thursday, 17 November 2022 09:08 PM EST
While major media has been billing Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis as a threat to former President Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP primary field, the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll taken just after the election still shows Trump holding a large lead.
Morning Consult's poll has Trump as a 14-point favorite over a very large field of potential candidates.
Trump made his official 2024 presidential campaign declaration Tuesday night at Mar-a-Lago in an address that aired live in its entirely on Newsmax. Other networks, including Fox News, cut away from Trump's speech at times.
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Almost half of registered Republican voters polled choose Trump (47%), while one-third chose DeSantis (33%). Former Vice President Mike Pence received just 5% support and none of the other 16-candidate field received more than 2% support.
The full results among 842 registered Republicans in the Morning Consult Poll conducted for Politico:
- Trump (394) 47%.
- DeSantis (279) 33%.
- Pence (45) 5%.
- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (21) 2%.
- Failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah (20) 2%.
- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (8) 1%.
- Former Trump administration Amb. Nikki Haley (7) 1%.
- Defeated Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. (7) 1%.
- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (5) 1%.
- Outgoing Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan (5) 1%.
- Former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie (4) 0%.
- North Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem (4) 0%.
- Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. (3) 0%.
- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. (3) 0%.
- Former Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (1) 0%.
- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. (0) 0%.
There were 3% who supported "someone else" (23 respondents) not listed among those 16, while 2% of registered Republicans (18 respondents) replied they "would not vote."
There remains months before the GOP primary field officially shapes up before debates and the early 2024 Iowa caucus, so other candidates could emerge, but presidential campaign fundraising requires the resources and big dollars most of those candidates have access to compares to others.
The RealClear Politics polling average, weighing three polls since mid-October, have Trump leading the field by an average of 25 points.
That includes the Harvard/Harris poll (Oct 12-13) that had Trump leading a large field by 38 points, and The New York Times/Siena College poll (Oct. 8-12), where respondents picked Trump by 23 points over a a smaller GOP field.
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