DeSantis ahead of Trump by 5 points in 2024 GOP primary poll

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a clear lead over former President Donald Trump in the event of a two-man race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, according to a new survey. 

The Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Thursday found that 47% of registered Republican or Republican-leaning independent voters say they would vote for DeSantis, 44, if their state primary or caucus were held today. Just 42% of the same cohort said they would support the 76-year-old Trump.

The poll shows a 14-percentage point swing toward DeSantis since mid-October, when 45% of registered Republicans or GOP-leaning independents supported Trump, while 36% said they would back DeSantis.

The Florida governor, who was re-elected in a landslide on Nov. 8, also leads by 11 percentage points over Trump (51% to 40%) among Americans who voted in a 2016 GOP primary…

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