2024 GOP Primary: DeSantis, Haley Compete for 2nd as Trump Holds Strong Lead

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 12/04/2023
According to recent polling data, the 2024 GOP primary race is currently showing a close competition between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for the second-place position. However, it is worth noting that former President Trump maintains a significant lead and remains in the top spot.

According to a recent poll conducted by NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ, it was found that 11 percent of Republican voters selected DeSantis as their top preference, while 10 percent chose Haley.

The two candidates vying for the second-place position behind Trump in the White House race have been engaged in a competitive struggle, aiming to reduce the former president's advantage.

According to the survey, Trump secured a significant lead over his two closest competitors, with 60 percent support, which represents a wide double-digit margin. The remaining candidates have encountered difficulties in narrowing the difference.

Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur, achieved a vote share of approximately 6 percent, while Chris Christie, a former New Jersey Governor from the Republican party, received around 3 percent of the votes. Both North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) received a minimal percentage of the votes, with each candidate garnering only 1 percent or less of the total votes. 

DeSantis has been widely regarded as the primary competitor to the former president. However, Haley's recent debate performances have garnered positive attention and have seemingly narrowed the gap between her and the Florida governor, positioning her as a potential runner-up in certain states.

This week, the Republican Party is hosting its fourth debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The event will feature qualified GOP presidential candidates who will have the chance to present their arguments to a broad Republican audience. This debate is crucial as it is one of the final opportunities for the candidates to make their case before the voting process begins in January.

The first three debates were missed by Trump, and he intends to continue this pattern by opting out of the upcoming debate as well. According to a reliable source, instead of his previously scheduled engagement, he is set to participate in a private fundraiser in Florida.


As the former president endeavors to make a comeback to the White House, he encounters various challenges, notably the presence of several ongoing legal disputes.

According to the survey results, a majority of 57 percent of all respondents expressed their support for disqualifying Trump from the ballot if he is convicted in any of the criminal cases he is currently facing. Notably, 29 percent of Republicans also indicated their agreement with this stance.

The NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ conducted a poll to gather data on the opinions of registered, self-identified Republican voters. The survey included a total of 1,090 participants and was conducted between November 26th and 27th. It is important to note that the poll has a margin of error of approximately 2 percentage points.


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