New polling data continues to come in for the 2024 Presidential election.
The results caught many experts by surprise.
Donald Trump was handed one set of poll numbers that left him sitting in stunned silence.
The University of New Hampshire conducted a poll in January that showed Ron DeSantis leading Donald Trump by 12 points in the all-important state for Republicans.
However, an entirely different landscape has emerged over the past eight weeks.
And in a surprising twist, a new Emerson Poll just found Donald Trump holding a 41-point lead over DeSantis in New Hampshire.
The Daily Caller reports:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is down 41 percentage points in New Hampshire, an important early primary state, while former President Donald Trump rails ahead for the 2024 GOP nomination, a new poll shows.
DeSantis only received 17% of support when Republican primary voters were asked which candidate they preferred, and the former president topped the poll results with 58% of the votes, an Emerson College poll indicates. New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu garnered 7% of the votes, though the same poll shows he has a 64% approval rating among the state’s GOP voters.
Other polling data from January suggested that DeSantis was up in New Hampshire by 12 percentage points, but the next week, the former president pulled ahead by 11 percentage points.
Donald Trump has gained momentum since January in other polls as well.
2024 GOP Primary Polling Trends by Morning Consult
• Trump — 45% (+11)
• DeSantis — 34%
• Pence — 8%
• Haley — 3%
• Trump — 48% (+18)
• DeSantis — 30%
• Pence — 7%
• Haley — 6%
• Trump — 53% (+25)
• DeSantis — 28%
• Pence — 7%
• Haley — 4% pic.twitter.com/kUvW3TGsRK
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) March 7, 2023
The fact that DeSantis is not a declared candidate is clearly helping boost Trump’s numbers in the polls.
Trump also made national headlines when he embarrassed Joe Biden by visiting East Palestine, Ohio to meet with the residents of the town.
He has also produced regular videos over the past few months outlining his agenda on a number of issues that voters care about, including declaring Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, ending the war in Ukraine, and defending free speech against Big Tech.
But while Trump benefits from this, he also managed to surge despite the fact that Fox News is refusing to allow him or his family members to appear on the network.
However, Fox News will have to allow Trump back on the air once DeSantis declares and begins appearing regularly on their programming.
When that happens, it will be game on for the GOP nomination.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.