A survey found most GOP voters prefer nominating the previous party president for the 2024 general election.
The latest Harvard Center for American Political Studies/Harris poll revealed 57% of Republican supporters would select Donald Trump as the next presidential candidate.
A total of 1,815 registered voters were interviewed between Jan. 19-20. Twelve percent would nominate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, while 11% former Vice President Mike Pence. All other Republicans only attracted a single-digit percentage.
“Former President Trump dominates the field of potential contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nod but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is an early favorite for the nomination in the event that Trump does not run again,” The Hill national politics journalist Max Greenwood reported.
The publication predicts DeSantis could receive up to 30% of the GOP vote and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) 14% if the previous president does not stand for election. Trump has not officially announced whether he would once again bid for a second term in the Oval Office.
If President Joe Biden and Trump ran for office a second time, 46% of respondents would vote for the previous president and 40% the incumbent. However, in the case of Trump and Vice President Kamala Harris competing for the top job, the previous president would win 49% compared to her 39%, according to the poll.
Harvard CAPS/Harris poll co-director Mark Penn believes it is still “way too early” to predict which candidates will be nominated for the presidential election.
“Trump is starting out in a fairly strong position with Republicans while Biden and Harris have surprisingly little support among Democrats for incumbents,” he said according to the publication. “[Trump] seems to be benefiting by being out of the limelight and [there is] no telling what would happen if he steps back in.”