Nikki Haley Surges To Number 2 In Poll Pushing Aside DeSantis
India-West News Desk
CONCORD, NH – Nikki Haley‘s momentum appears to be gaining genuine traction. According to a recent poll of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, the former South Carolina governor is now running ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, securing 19 percent support compared to DeSantis’s 10 percent.
However, both candidates still lag significantly behind the frontrunner, Donald Trump, who maintains a commanding lead with 49 percent support in the survey. The Suffolk University/Boston Globe/USA TODAY survey, conducted with 500 likely GOP primary voters after the second debate, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
This poll underscores Haley’s rising popularity and DeSantis’ decline in the GOP primary race. Haley has seen an uptick in her standing in the polls following the initial debates and is also attracting greater interest from donors. These developments come just ahead of a surge of GOP candidates visiting New Hampshire next week.
DeSantis’ decline in New Hampshire, especially considering his previous lead over Trump in a January poll, has opened up a competitive race for the second position in the crucial first-in-the-nation primary state. This dynamic could invigorate Republicans who have reservations about Trump’s candidacy, and Nikki Haley is emerging as the frontrunner among those vying for second place, leveraging her strong debate performances to capture the spotlight.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie garnered 6 percent support, while entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott each received around 4 percent. Former Vice President Mike Pence and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum trailed far behind with just 1 percent support each.