Trump maintains front-runner status over DeSantis in new poll of GOP primary voters

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Former President Donald Trump remains the front-runner of the emerging GOP presidential primary field and maintains a double-digit lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who hasn’t launched a 2024 campaign but is considered the ex-president’s main rival, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University Poll found 46% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters prefer Mr. Trump compared to 32% for Mr. DeSantis and 5% for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her bid in mid-February. Other potential candidates were listed but did not get much support, with Vice President Mike Pence leading the list at 3%.

Pollsters said Mr. Trump is widening his gap over Mr. DeSantis compared to a February poll in which Mr. Trump received 42% and Mr. DeSantis received 36%, although the field is still taking shape.

The new poll said Mr. Trump leads Mr. DeSantis, 51%-40%, in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.

“DeSantis might be the buzz in the GOP conversation, but for now Trump is seeing no erosion and, in fact, enjoys a bump in his lead in the Republican primary,” Quinnipiac University Poll analyst Tim Malloy said.... (Read more)