Trump, DeSantis top prospective 2024 GOP primary: poll

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Former President Trump would enter the 2024 Republican presidential primary as the heavy favorite for the party’s nomination, though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is emerging as the clear runner-up should Trump decide against another campaign, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey.

The poll, which was shared exclusively with The Hill on Monday, found that in a hypothetical eight-way primary for the GOP’s 2024 nod, Trump is far and away the front-runner, scoring 52 percent support. DeSantis, meanwhile, is the only other candidate to win double-digit support at 19 percent. Former Vice President Mike Pence comes in third, with just 7 percent.

But in the event that Trump doesn’t mount another bid for the White House — and he has repeatedly hinted that he will — DeSantis’s support rises to 34 percent, putting him 15 points ahead of Pence. Sen. Ted Cruz…

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