California swings toward Trump, new poll finds

F29P1B Dallas, Texas, USA. 14th September, 2015. Republican candidate Donald Trump greets an enthusiastic crowd during a campaign stop at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Trump is leading the pack of Republican candidates going into Wednesday's California debate. Credit: Bob Daemmrich/Alamy Live News

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President Trump’s support continues to skyrocket over the pack of 2024 Republican presidential candidates as he is closing the once-narrow gap between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and himself in key primary states.

Trump has an 18-point lead over DeSantis, who announced his candidacy last week, in California, according to a new poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

The poll of 1,875 Registered Republican Voters from California found that Trump led DeSantis 44 percent to 26 percent, a large drop in support for the governor since his eight-point lead in the state over the 45th president in February.

Although California is a reliably blue state, it has 169 delegates up for grabs in the Republican primaries, the most for any one state. It holds nearly seven percent of the total 2,467 delegates, of which just 1,234 delegates are needed to win the nomination for president.

Trump also received more support in California in 2020 than in any other state during the election, winning more than six million votes despite losing the state – a sign of historic support that could spell trouble for DeSantis.

The governor, however, narrowly led Trump in terms of his favorability ratings among Californians. DeSantis was favored by 75 percent of California Republicans, while Trump was favored by 74 percent.

However, DeSantis’s favorability fell four points from 79 percent in February, while Trump’s increased by five points from 69 percent in February, according to the poll.

Furthermore, the ultimate winner of Republican presidential nominations has won the California primaries every election cycle since Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Trump’s growing support among Californians could push the popular vote in his column for the general election, making him the first Republican to win the popular vote since President George W. Bush in 2004.

He may also push several U.S. House seats in the Republicans’ favor, securing and expanding their narrow majority.

If Trump continues to pull away from DeSantis in California, he may very well become the Republican nominee again, and potentially the 47th president.

The California GOP primary will take place on March 5, 2024.

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