UMass poll puts Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Pres. Trump tied for Republican nomination for president

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A University of Massachusetts Amherst poll found former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis running neck-and-neck for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination with other potential candidates such as former Vice President Mike Pence falling well behind.

FILE – Then-President Donald Trump talks to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, during a visit to Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike at Canal Point, Fla., March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)AP

The poll interviewed more than 1,000 Republican voters across the country a year before the presidential nominating contest. Results show in a head-to-head matchup DeSantis would be ahead 51 to 49% but the poll’s margin of average is 3.5%.

When other candidates including Pence, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz are added into the field, Trump leads with 37% of voters,…

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