Trump dominates polling, Ramaswamy takes over second position

 August 20, 2023

The polling for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination has had a few shake-ups for the second-place spot. 

According to Breitbart, Vivek Ramaswamy recently surged to second place, overtaking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), but also further cementing the fact that former President Donald Trump is absolutely dominating his closest opponent.

In a new Echelon Insight poll, that domination includes a 40-point lead over Ramaswamy, making Trump the clear frontrunner for the nomination and proving just how influential his massive base of support truly is.

A clear majority of likely 2024 GOP voters indicate they'll cast their vote for Trump next year.

"Beginning to collapse"

The Republican bench for the 2024 nomination is lengthy, with many in the mix having no name recognition or anything to come close to the momentum needed to become relevant.

According to Republican Main Street Partnership president and CEO Sarah Chamberlain, polls show GOP voters "collapsing" around a couple of GOP candidates.

"While Donald Trump remains the frontrunner, Republican voters seeking an alternative candidate are beginning to coalesce around a few top-tier choices. For much of the past year that was Gov. DeSantis, but Vivek Ramaswamy has risen well above expectations and is currently leading the pack of challengers," Chamberlain said.

She added, "Voters are clearly hungry for something new – no group more than the suburban women who often decide elections. If Mr. Ramaswamy, Gov. DeSantis, or any of the other hopefuls want a serious chance at winning the nomination, appealing to those voters should be top priority."

The poll showed DeSantis drop into third-place, after dominating the second-place position for the better part of a year.

Breitbart noted:

After DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence received four percent, while Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R) garnered three percent support. Chris Christie is the only other candidate who received at least one percent support.

Haters frustrated

While Trump enjoys a significant base of loyal support, he has a growing number of detractors from within the ranks of the Republican Party.

Those GOP critics have a difficult time selling the idea that Trump should drop out of for the betterment of the party, especially when poll after poll, including the latest, show clearly that GOP voters still want Trump in office.

Currently, the former president faces four indictments -- two state and two federal -- and continues to draw momentum heading into 2024.

Only time will tell if one of the other GOP candidates finds a way to match Trump's numbers, but it doesn't look very likely at this point.


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