According to a new report, former President Trump has a 17-point edge over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a potential GOP primary match-up.
According to a Morning Consult poll issued on Wednesday, Trump has 48 percent support among possible Republican primary voters, while DeSantis has 31 percent.
Trump’s margin varies from several surveys after the November midterm elections, which show DeSantis reducing the distance or even seizing the lead in certain circumstances.
Former Vice President Mike Pence finished in third with 8%, followed by former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R). Nikki Haley, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) both earned 2%.
Over the last month, Trump’s support in Morning Consult surveys has remained between 45 and 50 percent, while DeSantis’ has been around 30 percent.
In the most recent survey, DeSantis is easily the second pick of Trump backers, with 44 percent supporting the Florida governor. About 20% would vote for Pence, while 7% would vote for Cruz.
A little more than a third of DeSantis supporters would vote for Trump as their second option, while 14% would vote for Pence and 13% would vote for Haley.
Trump’s favorability rating among potential Republican primary voters has improved over the last month, according to pollsters, with 77 percent favoring him.