Trump Opens Lead In SC Primary

Former President Donald Trump opened a significant lead over his Republican opponents in a recent poll. The survey showed Trump with more than a 20% lead over his next closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Trump registered 41% in the Palmetto State according to a recent National Research/American Greatness poll. In second was DeSantis, who clocked in at 18%. 

This poll is one of the few in recent weeks that showed other candidates above 5%. 

Both are significant figures in the state. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)  received 10% in the poll. Meanwhile, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) was favored by 8%. 

Other candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, all registered below 5% support.

The poll’s other questions appear to also support Trump. According to Republican primary voters, when asked which candidate was most likely to improve the economy, Trump was selected by 59% to DeSantis’ 12%. 

Furthermore, when asked about which candidate was “strongest to oppose far-left progressives,” Trump received 48%, while DeSantis turned in 20%. 

The state’s GOP respondents also chose Trump regarding the question about which candidate “cares about needs and concerns of people like me,” with 41% to DeSantis’ 17%. 

The former president was also selected by 38% who said he was more likely to defeat President Joe Biden, while DeSantis received 28%.

The South Carolina results are consistent with other recent Republican primary polls. The former president received considerable support from GOP voters following the announcement that he would be indicted on federal charges related to the alleged handling of classified documents.

A recent Emerson poll found that Trump enjoyed majority support from nationwide GOP primary voters. 

According to the survey, Trump received the nod from 59% of Republican primary voters, while DeSantis picked up 21%. The only other candidate with more than 5% was Pence, who received 6%.

A Yahoo News poll also found significant support for the former president. Trump received 48% in that poll, while DeSantis was supported by 24%. Pence received a similar 5% in the survey.