Ex-President Trump, as predicted by prior polls, is crushing the Republican primary in New Hampshire by a margin of 37 points, with 47% of the vote.
According to a new survey by NMB Research, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently in a tie for second place in New Hampshire with former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Haley and DeSantis are now neck-and-neck for second place among presidential candidates, each having 10% of the vote.
But former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and anti-woke businessman Vivek Ramaswamy are just two points behind, at 8% and 6%, respectively, adding to DeSantis’s worries.
There was not a single other contender who earned more than 5% of the vote.
With Trump so far out in front of the pack, many are calling the primaries a veepstake.
DeSantis saw no improvement in a poll conducted by Emerson College in August, which similarly placed him in third place in New Hampshire behind Trump and Christie with eight percent support (again, in the single digits):
Between August 25 and 31, 2023, 800 potential Republican primary voters in New Hampshire were surveyed. The margin of error is 3.46 percentage points:
This poll is in line with others that have shown the same lack of progress for DeSantis in the early primary state of New Hampshire. For example, according to an August Echelon Insights poll, DeSantis’s support in New Hampshire has plummeted from 19% to 9% in only the last month.
Despite the fact that both the DeSantis campaign and the pro-DeSantis Super PAC have been concentrating their efforts on the first three states (New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Iowa), polling in places like New Hampshire has not improved for DeSantis.
Never Back Down spokeswoman Erin Perrine told NBC News, “We want to reinvest in the first three,” after allegations surfaced that the PAC had stopped door-knocking in states that will vote on Super Tuesday.
The first three have the most potential, in our opinion. According to Perrine, “the first three will establish the baseline for the March states.”
On Tuesday, the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average showed Trump with a 31-point lead in New Hampshire.