Trump Is The Clear Favorite In GOP Primary: POLL

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Former President Donald Trump is the frontrunner in a potential GOP primary, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the likely runner-up, according to a recent poll.

The Friday poll, conducted by Harvard, The Harris Poll, and Center for American Political Studies, shows Trump leading the field of potential and announced GOP candidates at 46%, with DeSantis second at 23%. Next in line is former Vice President Mike Pence with 7% and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the only other candidate officially in the race, at 6%.

The poll also asked Republican voters who they’d choose if Trump wasn’t in the race. Voters selected DeSantis at 39%, followed by Pence at 17% and Haley at 10%. Many couldn’t name a candidate if Trump wasn’t running, with 16% saying they “don’t know” or were “unsure.”

Trump would beat DeSantis 55% to 44% in a head-to-head match-up, and would beat Haley 69% to 31%, according to the results of the poll. (RELATED: Who Will Be Next To Run For GOP Nomination?)

The survey also showed results for a hypothetical general election between Trump and President Joe Biden, showing Trump winning with 46% to Biden’s 41%; 13% of respondents couldn’t decide on either candidate.

The poll surveyed 1,838 registered voters across the country, and was taken from Feb. 15 – 16.

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