Despite being held responsible by a number of leaders for the party’s dismal showing in the midterm elections, former President Donald Trump is still the Republicans’ top choice for the 2024 GOP candidacy.
According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Tuesday, 47 percent of prospective Republican primary voters would support Trump, down just 1% from the 48 percent who said the same thing before the midterm elections.
The poll also revealed a rise in support for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who defeated Democrat Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor and congressman, by over 20 points in order to gain reelection.
The percentage of possible GOP primary voters who stated they would support DeSantis after the midterm elections increased from 26% to 33%.
Mike Pence, the former vice president, was polling at just 5% and was in third place among Republican primary voters.
Pence was receiving 7% support in the polls before the midterm elections.
No other contender garnered more than 5% of the vote in the Tuesday poll, with Sen. Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, garnering 2% and Trump detractors Rep. Liz Cheney and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan just 1%.
The most recent poll began on November 10, two days after the election, and it was completed on Monday, when Democrats had kept control of the Senate and the House was still up in the air.
The previous poll was taken from November 2 through November 7.
Former President Donald Trump – who is expected to announce a 2024 presidential bid later Tuesday night – is still Republicans’ No. 1 pick for the 2024 GOP nomination, despite being blamed by a number of leaders for the party’s disappointing performance in the midterms
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (pictured) support among potential Republican primary voters grew by seven percentage points since last Tuesday’s midterm elections, while former President Donald Trump’s support remains stable
Former Vice President Mike Pence, whose memoir is being released Tuesday, stands at just 5 percent support among potential GOP presidential primary voters
The error margin for both surveys was plus or minus 3%.
Tuesday night, Trump’s political friends and members of the national media will congregate at Mar-a-Lago for what has been hyped as the announcement of his 2024 presidential campaign.
Trump wrote on his Truth Social page earlier on Tuesday that he hoped “TODAY will prove to be one of the most momentous days in our Country’s history!”
Since last Tuesday’s elections, Trump has publicly attacked the well-liked Republican governor on Truth Social and in PAC-issued remarks after becoming alarmed by DeSantis fever.
As he did for many of his 2016 GOP primary rivals, Trump dubbed DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious” during rallies leading up to election day.
Pence has returned to the spotlight as a result of the publication of his memoir, So Help Me God, and media appearances.