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Haley takes big lead over DeSantis in crucial state

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley rallied with supporters on March 13, 2023 at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as she seeks the Republican nomination for president in 2024, on March 13, 2023. (Jason Lee/Myrtle Beach Sun News/TNS)
October 05, 2023

A new poll shows that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has leapfrogged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire’s Republican primary race.

A recent poll from Suffolk University, Boston Globe and USA TODAY showed Haley’s surge with 19% support, a significant lead over DeSantis, who received only 10% in the poll. However, both candidates trail behind the dominant figure in the race, former President Donald Trump, who received 49% of voters’ support in the poll.

The survey, which was determined based on 500 likely GOP primary voters after the second Republican debate, reveals an intriguing shift in momentum. With a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, the poll indicates that Haley’s performance in the first two debates has caught the eye of Republican voters. According to POLITICO, Haley’s rise in the polls is also catching the interest of donors.

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POLITICO noted that Haley’s recent rise in the polls is noteworthy, especially as GOP candidates prepare to visit the state of New Hampshire next week. Many of the Republican presidential candidates will be participating in a weekend event hosted by the state GOP.

While DeSantis previously held an edge in New Hampshire over Trump in a January poll, his recent decline has opened the door for the second-place spot in the crucial swing state. Nikki Haley is currently filling that gap by riding on a wave of renewed interest in her candidacy that has come following the first two Republican debates.

However, despite the shifts in second and third places, Trump’s lead in the Republican primary appears unshaken. Beyond Haley and DeSantis, no other GOP candidate in the survey reached double-digit support.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secured 6%, with entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott each obtaining around 4%. Former Vice President Mike Pence and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum polled at the bottom of the race with just 1% support each.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.