July 15, 2022 Updated 9:10 A.M. ET
NEW HAMPSHIRE (FLV) – A new poll from the Courageous Conservatives PAC found that Gov. Ron DeSantis trailed Former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire for 2024, but both remained below 50% of respondents.
The PAC says the results are not “good news” for President Trump, who they say “should be scoring well above 50 as he was in Iowa in our November poll.”
“That DeSantis is now getting more than half the Trump vote is not only a problem for Trump, but for others hoping to enter the race unable to find oxygen or traction,” they said.
Trump led DeSantis 41% to 22% in the group’s New Hampshire poll, with 30% undecided, showing large room for either candidate to grab up nearly a third of primary voters.
A previous Granite State Poll gave DeSantis a slim lead in the general election over President Joe Biden, 47% to 46%. Trump faired much worse, losing to Biden in the poll 50% to 43%.
In July of 2021, New Hampshire Republicans said their first choice for the GOP presidential candidate was Donald Trump with 47% of the vote. DeSantis had 19% of the vote. In October of 2021, Trump’s favorability went down to 43%.
In June of 2022, DeSantis took the lead with 39% compared to Trump with 37%.
While the governor’s name is being increasingly tossed around in polls, he has repeatedly said his focus is on re-election and Florida in 2022.
“I’m trying to think like, what is this obsession with 24? Like we don’t even have the 22 election,” DeSantis said. “I think it’s because the media knows that the Democrats are going to get hammered in 2022. They don’t want to talk about it.”
Amid speculation that there is a growing rift between Trump and DeSantis, the former President ruled out any reported drama in a Newsmax interview.
“Well I get along with him,” Trump said. “I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship.”
Trump has not said whether he would launch a presidential campaign.
“At the right time I’ll be saying what I want to do,” Trump said in the interview.
A new report featuring Trump’s comments on his 2024 intentions details what the former president plans to do: “Do I go [announce] before or after [the midterms]? That will be my big decision,” he said.
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