Former President Donald Trump holds a strong lead among Republican primary voters in Texas in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary race, a CWSSearch/DefendTXLiberty survey released this week found.
“If the next 2024 Republican primary for president were today and the candidates were Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, Glenn Youngkin, Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, who would you vote for?” asked the poll.
Trump holds a solid lead with 45% support – 19% ahead of his closest challenger, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who came in second with 26% support. The number speaks to DeSantis’ growing popularity nationally, as just 4% of Texas Republicans polled chose their own Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as their top pick.
Nine percent are undecided, while six percent have chosen former Vice President Mike Pence. Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley each collected 5%.
The survey also asked respondents who they would support if Trump did not run in the 2024 election. In this scenario, DeSantis takes the lead with 56% support. Senator Cruz is the only other potential candidate to have double-digit support at 12%.
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The survey was conducted on July 9-10, 2022 among 1,918 Texas respondents who voted in the 2022 Republican primary or Republican primary election, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.2% . This coincides with several other surveys showing Trump as the dominant potential candidate for the GOP primary, both nationally and in individual states.
A recent Neighborhood Research/Media NH poll, for example, also showed that Trump first the double-digit pack with 41% support.
Trump leads DeSantis by 19 points in New Hampshire’s 2024 Republican primary poll
Donald Trump 41%
Ron DeSantis 22%
Nikki Haley 9%
Mike Pence 1.3%
Chris Sununu 1%
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