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DeSantis drops out, it’s Trump versus Haley as the candidates vie for the support of New Hampshirites

by | Jan 22, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

It’s the nature of the electoral map but following Iowa’s January 15 caucuses, the Republican candidates for the presidency will meet in quick succession in New Hampshire on January 23, Nevada on February 6, South Carolina on February 24, and Michigan on February 27. All but Nevada are primaries.

Pro-abortion President Joe Biden is not on the ballot in New Hampshire, although there is a campaign of sorts for a write in.

Since last Friday, Florida’s pro-life Gov. Ron DeSantis has bowed out as did pro-life Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Both endorsed former President Donald Trump. This means it’s Trump competing against former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, one-on-one.

According to the New York Times,

Most polls during the past week showed Mr. Trump up by a dozen points or more. A Suffolk University/Boston Globe/NBC10 Boston daily tracking poll of New Hampshire voters showed Mr. Trump steadily adding to his lead over Ms. Haley, with a margin of 53 percent to 36 percent on Saturday.

Washington Post-Monmouth University poll “found that 52 percent of potential primary voters supporting Trump, while 34 percent are backing Haley,” The Washington Post reported. “In the poll, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is at 8 percent, but the survey was completed before DeSantis delivered his surprise announcement Sunday that he was suspending his campaign.”

There is a distinct difference between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, The Post added:

New Hampshire offers Haley the best opportunity to slow the momentum of the former president. Any independent, or unaffiliated, voter can participate in the Republican primary on Tuesday and she has been banking on a big turnout to boost her standing enough to genuinely challenge Trump. But there is little evidence that she has gained significant ground on Trump since her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last Monday.

More tomorrow.

Categories: Politics