Sure, we’re still well outside of the sort of time frame in which someone other than the incumbent might declare their candidacy for the 2024 race, but many Americans are pretty sure they know who they’re going to be dealing with.
Current President Joe Biden has made it no secret that he pans to run again in 2024 – despite the fact that much of the Democratic Party has already soured on the idea. On the other side of the aisle stands Donald Trump, of course, ready to revenge what he believed was a rigged election in 2020.
Trump has seemed like a sure thing from the moment he begrudgingly left office, but a new poll from the northeast is casting some doubt on his undoubtedness.
A shocking new poll in the all-important primary state of New Hampshire shows Florida Governor Ron DeSantis currently ahead of former President Donald Trump.
The University of New Hampshire Survey Center released a study which found that if Joe Biden and Trump were to have a presidential rematch, the current president would once again defeat his predecessor with 50 percent of the vote to Trump’s 43. This is similar to the margin Biden had over Trump in 2020, but the contest between Biden and DeSantis would be considerably tighter if they were competing in 2024.
The poll shows that in this scenario, Biden would receive 90 percent of the vote again from people who voted for him before, but DeSantis would have 97 percent of Trump’s voters behind him compared to the the former president’s 91 percent. On top of that, the overall result among New Hampshire voters is Biden would get 46 percent of the vote, but DeSantis would edge him out with 47 percent.
Here is where things take a turn:
And in the most stunning result of the poll, DeSantis actually leads Trump in a hypothetical primary contest.
“When provided with a list of Republicans who are thought by observers to be considering running for President in 2024, likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters (N=318) are split between DeSantis and Trump, with 39 percent preferring the Florida governor and 37 percent supporting the former president,” the poll assesses.
While DeSantis has remained coy about his potential 2024 plans, he has continued to tackle some national-narrative-type issues in recent weeks, snagging a number of well-circulated headlines in recent weeks.