A new GOP primary tracker survey from Morning Consult shows that former President Donald Trump has maintained his dominance over the Republican primary field — holding a staggering 49-point lead over his closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
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On Tuesday, Morning Consult published a survey showing that 61% of Republican primary voter respondents support Trump in the presidential primary.
In a statement about the survey results, Morning Consult U.S. Politics analyst Eli Yokley explained that “in recent days, the former president hit 63%, marking a record high since our tracking began in December.” However, that statistic is not represented in Morning Consult’s graphic.
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Someone Else: 1%
*Oct. 6-8, 2023
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Meanwhile, DeSantis has dropped down 1% since last week’s Morning Consult survey — now sitting in second place at 12%. As DeSantis’ chances at securing the GOP primary nomination continue to fall, Trump compared the Florida governor to “a wounded bird falling from the sky” in a Truth Social post on Tuesday — predicting that DeSantis would soon drop out of the race.
“He will SOON be out of money and dropping out of the race for President,” Trump wrote. “After having single handidly [sic] gotten him elected Governor, with no thanks or glory, it has been a beautiful thing to watch. Good luck Ron!”
While DeSantis has fallen in the poll, entrepreneur and rising star in the Republican primary Vivek Ramaswamy has risen two points since the previous poll — sitting in third place with 9%. According to Yokley, Ramaswamy also had support from 20% of potential Republican voters as their second-choice candidate.
The rest of the Republican primary candidates are not garnering much support — as the poll has former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley sitting at just 6%, while former Vice President Mike Pence has 5%, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has 3%, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has 2% and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has 1%. Two other candidates did not even secure a single percentage point in the survey: Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX). Hurd has since ended his presidential campaign, announcing his decision on Monday night.
The Morning Consult poll surveyed 3,636 potential Republican primary voters from October 6-8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.