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Trump leads DeSantis closest Republican challenger by 38 points in new poll

WASHINGTON, United States — Following the announcement of his federal indictment, a new survey of likely GOP voters showed former President Trump ahead of his closest Republican challenger by more than 40 points. Sixty-one percent of likely Republican voters in the 2024 Republican primary polled by CBS News and YouGov said they would vote for Trump. Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, came in second with 23% of the vote.

Nikki Haley won 3% of the popular vote, while fellow presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) received 4% and former Vice President Mike Pence received 4%. Seventy-five percent of likely Republican respondents said they would consider voting for Trump and 51% said they would consider voting for DeSantis if the election were held today.

.A total of 21% of voters said they would consider voting for Scott, while 16% said they would consider voting for Pence, and 15% said they would consider voting for Haley. When asked which candidates they were considering for the presidency, Vivek Ramaswamy garnered 13% of the vote and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got 7%.

Sixty-one percent said they had not changed their mind about Trump because of the indictment. If Trump is found guilty of federal charges, 80% of potential Republican voters say he should still be allowed to run for president. After Trump left the White House, the Justice Department issued a 37-count indictment accusing him of mishandling classified information. The former president faces decades in prison after evidence obtained by the Justice Department showed he had documents containing nuclear and military secrets.

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