With merely six days remaining until the pivotal Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire, recent polls are shedding light on the current standings of GOP candidates in the race for the White House.
A survey conducted by Suffolk University, the Boston Globe, and NBC10 in Boston reveals that former President Trump is holding a commanding lead with a staggering 16-point advantage over former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC). Trump, who asserted his dominance in Iowa, boasts an impressive 50.4 percent support among likely voters in the upcoming New Hampshire GOP primary.
Trump Holds Significant Lead Over Nikki Haley In New Hampshire
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Nikki Haley trails significantly in second place, securing only 33.8 percent of the state's support. The disparity in numbers signals a challenging position for Haley in the race.
In contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), once hailed as the GOP's golden boy, is currently at a modest five percent support. The fact that six percent of voters remain undecided and three percent back other candidates suggests a level of uncertainty among the electorate.
In the recent Iowa caucus, Trump secured a resounding 51 percent of the vote, while DeSantis came in at 21 percent, and Haley trailed in third place with 19 percent. Despite a boost in Haley's numbers following former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's withdrawal a few days before the Iowa caucus, the dynamics in New Hampshire present a unique challenge, with a mix of moderate and independent voters.
An interesting aspect of the survey is the motivation behind voters' choices. When Trump supporters were asked whether their vote was for Trump or against Haley, an overwhelming 90.48 percent stated it was "for Donald Trump." On the other hand, when Haley supporters were queried about their motivation, just over half claimed their vote was for Haley, while over a third admitted it was against Trump. This distinction highlights the intensity and polarization in the race.
According to political analyst David Paleologos, Haley appears to be "beating Trump two-to-one among moderates and female independents." Whether she can sustain this momentum remains to be seen as the countdown to the primary continues. The New Hampshire primary's unique dynamics, characterized by the presence of moderate and independent voters, add an element of unpredictability to the race. It's a situation worth watching closely as the candidates vie for victory in the Granite State.