BY Richard Moorhead, The Western JournalMay 25, 2023
9 months ago

Trump Gets Great News from Early GOP Primary State Day After DeSantis Jumps in Race

The first state to vote in the 2024 Republican presidential primary has a clear and indisputable front-runner.

Former President Donald Trump leads in a Thursday poll of Iowa Republicans from Emerson College -- and it's not close.

Trump has support from a titanic 62 percent of Republicans in Iowa, who vote in a caucus.

His closest competitor -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis -- has 20 percent support, less than a third of Trump's.

The polling suggests DeSantis has a long way to go in making the primary a competitive race. The governor is widely considered the only Republican with a serious chance of dethroning Trump in a presidential primary.

However, the poll conducted the query of Iowa Republicans between May 19 and 22 -- a time frame before DeSantis' Wednesday announcement of a formal presidential campaign.

A handful of alternate Republicans combine for less than 20 percent of support in the survey.

Trump also has a handy lead over President Joe Biden in a tentative general election match-up. Trump leads his own successor 49 percent to 38 percent in the poll.

DeSantis leads Biden in another match-up by 45 percent to 38 percent.

Trump won Iowa in 2020, cementing the state's status as Republican-aligned. Mitt Romney was the last Republican to lose Iowa in the 2012 presidential election.

The other side of the partisan spectrum also shapes up as a lopsided affair in the poll.

Biden has a rock-solid support of 69 percent of Democrats in the poll. His closest competitor, Robert Kennedy Jr, lags well behind at a paltry 11 percent.

In a realignment of the traditional primary and caucus schedule, Democrats stripped the Iowa caucus of its first-in-the-nation status earlier this year, according to ABC News.

Iowa Republicans will still kick off the schedule for the GOP.

A total of 1,064 registered voters were surveyed in the poll, and its margin of error is 2.9 percent.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Richard Moorhead, The Western Journal

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