Trump holds his biggest lead yet in the primary

by Alex Caldwell

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President Donald Trump’s dominance of Republican support has not just grown in recent weeks, but it has shot up to his biggest margin of victory yet against his primary opponents.

A new survey from Quinnipiac University of 728 Registered Voters reported that the 45th president now leads his nearest primary opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by 50 points, a five-point change from August.

Trump received support from 62 percent of Republican registered voters, while DeSantis accumulated just 12 percent—a six-point drop from last month.

The nationwide survey, conducted from Sept. 7-11, reported that businessman Vivek Ramaswamy placed in third with six percent support—a one-point gain in support since his highly praised debate performance from August.

Impressively, Trump’s recent numbers show he is bound to win the 2024 Republican nomination by more points than any other non-incumbent president since George H.W. Bush—who was an incumbent vice president—in 1988.

He is on track to outperform his near 20-point victory from 2016, as well as nominees Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000, and Bob Dole in 1996.

As of Wednesday, Trump is up by nearly 43 points for the GOP nomination, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

In a hypothetical matchup between Trump and Joe Biden, the Quinnipiac survey showed the race to be a dead heat.

Biden received 47 percent support against Trump’s 46 percent, according to the survey. However, when asked which of the two candidates would do “a better job responding to a national crisis,” 51 percent said Trump, while 44 percent said Biden.

Half of those surveyed also said they believed Joe Biden was involved in his son, Hunter Biden’s, business dealings while he was vice president.

However, voters do not appear to be entirely convinced of the reported crimes that Trump is accused of committing.

Among Republican Trump supporters, 68 percent said they would vote for the 45th president regardless of what occurs.

In August, Trump was indicted twice: once in federal court by Special Counsel Jack Smith for his reported interference in the certification of the 2020 election results and in Georgia for his efforts to challenge the state’s results.

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