DeSantis leads 2024 GOP pack if Trump doesn’t run: poll

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the early favorite for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination if former President Trump decides against another run for the White House, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey shared exclusively with The Hill.

In a hypothetical 2024 GOP presidential primary, DeSantis takes 36 percent support among those surveyed. His closest rival is former Vice President Mike Pence, who notches only 17 percent of the potential vote.

No other prospective candidate scores in the double digits. Only 8 percent of respondents say they would support former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), while former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley comes in at 8 percent support.

Nevertheless, Trump remains the clear favorite should he mount a 2024 comeback campaign. Fifty-six percent of Republican voters in the poll say they would back the former president. In that…

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