The latest developments in the 2024 Republican presidential primary have sparked a subtle shift in GOP voters' preferences. While the first debate held in Milwaukee did not cause a dramatic upheaval in the race, recent polls indicate some notable changes.
Former President Donald Trump, who opted out of participating in the debate, has experienced a slight decline in support. As of last Tuesday, his approval stood at 55.4%, but it has since decreased to 53% according to the RealClearPolitics moving average of polls. Despite his absence on the stage, Trump managed to draw attention by engaging in counterprogramming alongside pundit Tucker Carlson. Additionally, he made headlines when he turned himself in at Georgia's Fulton County Jail to address an election-interference case.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who currently holds the second position in the polls, has also witnessed a decline in support. Last Tuesday, his approval rating was at 14.3%, which has now dipped to 13%. Although DeSantis was expected to face attacks from fellow Republican candidates during the debate, it was entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy who became the target of criticism from contenders like Nikki Haley and Mike Pence.
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Ramaswamy and Haley Gain Support in Polls, Trump's Lead Remains Strong
Recent polls show a slight increase in support for Republican candidates Ramaswamy and Haley, while Trump maintains a strong lead. According to the RealClearPolitics average, Ramaswamy's support has edged up to 7.5% from 7.2%, and Haley's support has grown to 5% from 3.2%. Meanwhile, Pence's support has risen to 4.7% from 4%.
Although Trump has experienced a slight dip in support, it is important to note that the other candidates still have work to do. An official from one poll highlighted this, stating that the question remains whether Trump's decrease is merely a blip or if the other candidates can rally enough support for the upcoming caucus and primary season.
Despite talk that the 2024 Republican primary is already decided in Trump's favor, one GOP strategist believes it is not late in the game. With Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses set for January 15, there are still several months for the other candidates to make an impact.
In Iowa-focused polls, Trump leads with 43.2% support, followed by DeSantis at 17.2%, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina at 10.2%, Ramaswamy at 5.2%, Haley at 4.6%, and Pence at 3.8%.
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