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A new poll released by Fox News over the weekend has shown that 45th President and 2024 Republican contender Donald Trump is crushing his Republican competition for the GOP nomination and that’s before the president’s a much-beloved trip to East Palestine, Ohio.

The poll, conducted from February 19-22, showed Trump with a double-digit lead over his potential opponents, as reported by Fox News. He carried the respondents’ vote with 43 percent support while Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) had 28 percent support, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence both had seven percent support, and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and former Congresswoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had two percent support.

All other candidates had under one percent support with only three percent of GOP voters undecided about who they would vote for in a primary election.

“Currently, the GOP primary dynamics are simple,” said the maker of the survey Daron Shaw. “DeSantis needs Trump to falter because most of the former president’s supporters see the Florida governor as the second-best choice. At the same time, other candidates need DeSantis to falter because his supporters have no single fallback option and would be up for grabs should he flame out.”

The poll also surveyed who the voters’ second choice would be. Amongst Trump voters, 42 percent said they would back DeSantis if they couldn’t vote for Trump while 23 percent said Mike Pence, and six percent were in favor of Nikki Haley.

A similar question was posed to supporters of DeSantis with 34 percent saying they would back Trump if they couldn’t support the Florida governor, 27 percent saying they’d support Haley, ten percent supporting Pence, six percent supporting Gov. Abbott, and six percent supporting Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

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In addition to these findings, the survey also asked what a one-on-one matchup between President Trump and Nikki Haley would look like. The respondents responded with 66 percent support for Trump while Haley only garnered 24 percent. At the time the survey was conducted, Haley was the only candidate who has announced a presidential bid other than Trump. Since then, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has announced a bid for the GOP nomination.

Polling across the board is seeing Trump dominate his potential Republican rivals in a potential replaying of 2016.

As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, a poll last week, published by the Remington Research Group, put Trump in a hypothetical matchup with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former Vice President Mike Pence, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. The poll also included former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), both of whom have yet to declare.

The 45th president grabbed 30 percent of voter support. This dwarfed Governor DeSantis’s support base, which totaled 17 percent. Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo both grabbed nine percent each, and Tim Scott followed far behind with two percent. This poll, like many others, demonstrates that Donald Trump is still in the driver’s seat when it comes to the 2024 Republican race.

This is not the only poll released this week signaling good news for Trump. A poll released to the Hill by Harvard-CAPS and Harris Polling finds that “Trump beat Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) by 23 points. Trump beat DeSantis with 46 percent to DeSantis’s 23 percent.”

President Trump is still the heir apparent to the GOP nomination for his third presidential run. These polls were taken before Trump visited East Palestine so it is likely that his support will continue to increase in the coming weeks. Any potential challenger will have a tough time usurping the leader of the America First movement.

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