DeSantis slips, Ramaswamy storms into second place: Poll

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and political novice Vivek Ramaswamy tied for second place in the GOP primary contest, each with 10% support — four days ahead of the contest’s first debate, a new statewide poll showed Saturday.

But both Republicans are well behind former President Donald Trump, who leads them both by a 46% margin Emerson College survey found.

With 56% of registered Republicans on his side, Trump’s support has barely deviated from the 59% mark the same poll found in June — despite the three separate charges brought against him over the same period.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now tied for second place with Ramaswamy, the Emerson College poll found.
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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse January 28, 2023 in Columbia, SC
Former President Donald Trump remains well ahead of the rest of Republicans.

The pollster found a sharp 11% drop for DeSantis, which had the support of 21% Republicans in the same poll two months ago — a drop that mirrored the results of other recent polls — and the rest of the field remained in the low ones list digits.

Meanwhile, support for Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old businessman, has risen 8% since June, the Emerson poll showed.

“Ramaswamy has improved among Republican voters with a postgraduate degree, a group that was previously part of the DeSantis rank and file,” said Spencer Kimball, the poll’s executive director, and “has made inroads among GOP voters under 35.” .

Results of a GOP primary survey.
Emerson’s poll found Trump’s support peaked in April after he was hit by the first of four criminal charges — but has declined just 6% in the months since.
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The results could spark fireworks at Wednesday’s Republican debate, where DeSantis will reportedly “take a sledgehammer to the party’s rising star,” according to a leaked campaign strategy document.

The Aug. 16-17 poll of 465 registered Republican voters was part of a nationwide poll of 1,000 voters that had a 3% margin of error.

The entire panel noted that Trump was in a neck-and-neck race with President Biden in the general election, with 44% supporting each and 12% of voters undecided.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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