Former President Donald Trump is opening up the Republican primary race with a massive 50-point lead over his GOP challengers, an Echelon Insights October survey found.
The survey asked Republicans and Republican-leaners who they would support in the GOP primary race if it were held today. Trump stands out as the runaway frontrunner with 62 percent choosing him as their candidate. Not one individual comes remotely within striking distance, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis comes in a distant second, 50 points behind with 12 percent support.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who Trump has dubbed “Birdbrain,” comes five points behind DeSantis with seven percent support. Vivek Ramaswamy comes in fourth place with six percent support, followed by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott with one percent support.
The survey also put Trump and DeSantis against each other in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup and found 71 percent indicating that they would definitely or probably support Trump, compared to 23 percent who said they would definitely or probably support DeSantis. Six percent remain unsure.
The overall survey was taken October 23-26, among 1,029 likely voters. It has a +/- 4.1 percent margin of error and comes as Trump continues to dominate in poll after poll.
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Meanwhile, Trump has continued to score key endorsements, most recently earning clear support from Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who urged the Republican party to coalesce behind Trump.
“It’s time for the Republican Party to come together, behind one candidate, and declare with one voice that we are united in our efforts to defeat Joe Biden and rescue America,” Scott wrote, asserting that GOP voters have made their voice “loud and clear” that “they want to return to the leadership of Donald Trump”: