(NationalUSNews.com) — According to an NBC News poll, former President Donald Trump remains the most popular Republican running in the 2024 presidential election in Iowa. The poll indicates that Trump maintains around 42% of Republican voters’ support, with Ron DeSantis trailing behind in second place with only 19% of the vote.
Donald Trump has the largest lead by a Republican since George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential election campaign. Trump’s popularity confuses many political officials, who feel his ongoing legal battles should hinder his campaign and prevent voters from supporting the controversial Republican. However, Trump’s lead is not absolute, as survey respondents indicated that they’d consider each GOP candidate and pick the best possible one for the Republican Party’s nomination.
The Republican debates might influence the lead held by Trump, as the former president is refusing to attend the events, a decision that’s drawing heavy criticism from voters and candidates alike. According to his opponents, Trump must attend the debates despite maintaining the majority of voters’ support to discuss his political platform and answer questions about his ongoing criminal cases. Trump denies any obligation exists and refuses to attend the first debate, regardless of any criticism from his opponents.
Other Republicans attending the debates hope the event will bolster their reputations and bring support to their platforms. Ron DeSantis is one such candidate, as his presidential campaign is declining in popularity. DeSantis’s memo for the debate leaked, drawing attention to the potential arguments and defenses the Florida Governor hoped to use during the event. One tactic proposed in the memo is for DeSantis to criticize GOP hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, whose campaign is gaining traction and performing similarly to DeSantis’s. Despite the leaked memo, DeSantis remains confident in securing the Republican nomination for next year’s election.
Trump’s lead over the other Republican candidates remains strong months after the presidential election process began, with only 5 months until the party chooses its nominee for the official election process. While any Republican can secure the nomination following the debates, according to popularity polling, Donald Trump remains the most likely GOP nominee to challenge incumbent President Joe Biden.
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