According to a recent poll that was just released Monday, former Vice-President Mike Pence now holds a double digit lead over Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida.
According to The Daily Wire, Without former President Donald Trump in the race, the poll of 490 registered Republicans — conducted by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll — put Pence at 32% and DeSantis at 20%. But the poll, taken Sept. 15 and 16, found that with the former president in the race, Trump drew 58%, Pence 13%, and DeSantis just 9%
The Hill elaborated on this, stating,
No other potential 2024 Republican candidate comes close to matching Trump. Former Vice President Mike Pence notches a distant second place with 13 percent support among GOP voters, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising star in the Republican Party, scored only 9 percent support in a primary field that includes Trump.
“While defeated candidates rarely come back, Trump has a strong lead in the Republican primary especially among the most dedicated Republicans,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, said.
Since leaving the White House in January, Trump has both publicly and privately toyed with the notion of mounting a 2024 presidential run.
But in recent weeks, he has begun to signal that he may be more likely to run again than not. He’s ramped up his media appearances and press statements, and he’s planning upcoming rallies in Georgia and Iowa, the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state.
Of course, the 2024 Republican presidential primary contest is still years away and it’s possible that Trump ultimately decides against a run.