Poll shows Ron DeSantis leading Donald Trump for GOP nod in potential head-to-head matchup

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Most Republicans prefer Gov. Ron DeSantis as a 2024 presidential nominee over former President Donald Trump. But about a third of the party remains extremely loyal to the former commander-in-chief.

That’s the findings of a Suffolk University poll conducted for the USA TODAY. The survey shows 56% of self-identified Republican voters would pick DeSantis, while 33% prefer Trump, when given the choice of just the two politicians. The polling of Republicans has a margin of error of 5.1 percentage points.

The same poll showed 31% of Republicans want Trump to run for President. Meanwhile, 61% want to see a different Republican who carries a similar agenda to Trump as the nominee instead.

By comparison, about 65% of the Republican voters polled do want DeSantis to run for President, while 24% do not.

While the poll explores the possibility of a DeSantis-Trump political duel, a number of…

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