Former President Donald Trump is the frontrunner if the Republican primary is crowded, according to early polls on the 2024 election conducted by the influential conservative group Growth Action Club. right.
A national poll puts Trump in the lead with 37%, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is second with 33%.
Former Vice President Mike Pence comes in third with 7%, followed by former United Nations Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in fourth with 5% and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott with 2%. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin would get 1% of the vote, while 14% of those surveyed said they were undecided.
The poll was conducted Jan. 17-23 and surveyed 3,015 Republican primary voters nationwide. The margin of error is +/-1.8%.
When it comes to those who identify as “extremely conservative,” Trump leads DeSantis by 16 points in the group’s polls.
Former congressman Dave McIntosh, chairman of Club for Growth Action, told reporters on Monday that the widening gap between the two likely to make up most of the voters in the Republican presidential primary is unacceptable. , said it showed that “Trump still has a very strong following.”
“If there’s diversity against him, DeSantis is behind him,” McIntosh noted, adding that 35% of Florida governors in this group is a “good starting point.” I got
For those who describe themselves as “somewhat conservative,” DeSantis leads Trump by six points.
In a head-to-head run between Trump and DeSantis in the hypothetical primary, DeSantis has a 9-point lead over Trump.
Relations between Mr. McIntosh’s group and Mr. Trump have cooled in recent months, with Mr. McIntosh showing on Monday that he is willing to endorse another candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
“We have not decided to endorse anyone … What the club believes the Republican Party should do is ensure that whoever we nominate actually wins. . [in the general election]He said, noting that previous polls by the group showed DeSantis defeated President Joe Biden in a virtual head-to-head match.
“I think that means the party is open to considering another candidate. DeSantis is in the strongest position,” he added.
of Americans for Prosperity (AFP)another notable non-Republican group with deep pockets backed by powerful conservative billionaire Charles Koch, opposed Trump on Sunday, aggressively criticizing one of his main opponents. said it plans to support
McIntosh said he would not lump Club for Growth Action with AFP, and was quick to say the group would support Trump if he won the Republican nomination.
Fin Gómez contributed to this report.