As much as this disturbs the dwindling RINO and GOP establishment factions of the Republican Party, former President Donald Trump remains voters’ top pick for the White House in 2024, according to a new survey.
The right-leaning Trafalgar Group also found a potential Trump successor should he decide one term was enough in D.C.: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The Washington Times reports:
Convention of States Action and pollsters from the right-leaning Trafalgar Group said 49% would certainly back Mr. Trump and another 12% would likely do so, while a fifth was very unlikely to support the Republican who’s spent the past few months insisting the 2020 contest was stolen from him.
If Mr. Trump doesn’t run, then 35% would back Mr. DeSantis, who’s maintained a high profile amid the pandemic response and debates over voting rights.
Pollsters said 15% would support Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, while 10% back former Vice President Mike Pence, 10% like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and 6% would support former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Voters described as “pro-Trump Republicans” are particularly keen on Mr. DeSantis if Mr. Trump stays out, with nearly 48% backing him compared to 20% for Mr. Cruz, in second place.
“Republican voters clearly support anti-establishment candidates and a Trump run in 2024. If President Trump doesn’t run, voters widely prefer Gov. Ron DeSantis. Both men represent a return to constitutional principles, common sense leadership, and the courage to stand against Washington, D.C.,” Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, a nonprofit that advocates for a smaller federal government, said.
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