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Donald Trump responds to Ron DeSantis 2024 main challenge rumors

Donald Trump is clearly feeling the heat of swirling speculation in media and GOP circles around the idea that he could face a credible primary rivalry in 2024 in the form of Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida.

The former GOP chairman released results from right-wing pollster Zogby on Wednesday showing he was the clear favorite to win the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, 42 points ahead of Mr. DeSantis in a survey of GOP voters in national scale.

The timing of the message, posted on Mr Trump’s new ‘Truth Social’ platform, is significant given the release of a University of New Hampshire investigation on the same day that indicated a shocking change in fortunes for the former president who now follows Florida. governor among the state’s likely primary voters.

These New Hampshire results represented a surge in support for Mr. DeSantis, who trailed the former president in a previous survey released by the university in October.

Mr. DeSantis trailed Mr. Trump by a substantial margin last year, 18% to 43% for the former president. Much of Mr. DeSantis’ newfound support appears to be coming from Mr. Trump’s own supporters as well as undecided voters.

The New Hampshire poll also drew a reaction from MSNBC Hello Joe, whose hosts mocked Mr. Trump and took it as a sign of his lesser hold on the party.

“Well, I mean, you watch, you watch his speeches, even the one from last week, they’re all retrograde and they’re all the biggest hits of 2016, and they didn’t perform well,” said host Joe Scarborough. of Mr. Trump’s recent appearances. “With all due respect to the king of rock and roll, that’s fat Elvis in ’77, huffing and puffing and sweating and bloated and, like, barely being able to get that, you know, the scarves around of his neck.”

He added, “I just don’t think Republicans want that.”

Neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. DeSantis have said they will definitely run in 2024, and Mr. DeSantis has made statements indicating otherwise. Last year, the Florida governor claimed speculation about his plans to run in 2024 was “purely fabricated” and denied he was focused on anything other than running his state.

“All speculation about me is purely fabricated,” he said in September of that year. “I’m just doing my job. We work hard…that’s what it’s really about, just helping people here.”

“I hear all this and honestly it’s nonsense,” he added. “So I don’t really know what to say to the rumours.”

Yet he remains the only GOP primary candidate in most polls to even have a credible mathematical chance, at least right now, of challenging the former president for the nomination. In nearly every survey, Mr Trump’s other potential rivals, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fall short. to reach double-digit support levels.

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, has publicly hinted that he has been seeking the White House again since almost the day he left office. He has continued to hold campaign-style rallies across the country where he spreads his debunked lies about the 2020 election.

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