(USA Features) A new survey found that should former President Donald Trump decide not to run for a second term in 2024, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would top the list for rank-and-file GOP voters to get the party’s nomination.
“In a survey conducted from February 25 to 27 by Just the News, 363 of 1,200 registered Republican voters answered which GOP leader they would put their faith in to lead from the Oval Office,” Newsweek reported.
“DeSantis and GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas led the poll, with 21 percent and 18 percent of all respondents expressing their support, respectively. All respondents recorded in the poll’s final results were at least 55 years old, white and Republican,” the magazine reported online.
Coming in behind those two were former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who also served a stint as Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the former president’s CIA director and secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, at 10% and 9% respectively.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who has also been mentioned as a potential candidate, garnered 4% of the vote, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Devin Nunes of California — neither of whom have expressed an interest in the presidency publicly — were at 2%.
Trump has yet to make public his decision about running again in 2024, though he told Fox News host Sean Hannity earlier this week during a lengthy interview he is “very seriously” considering it.
“I say this. I am looking at it very seriously. Beyond seriously,” he said. “From a legal standpoint, I don’t want to really talk about it yet. It’s a little too soon.”
Meantime, Trump says he is going to focus on helping Republicans win back the House and Senate next year.
“We are going to help with the House. I think we have a really good chance. I’m working with everybody, including [House Republican Leader] Kevin McCarthy, in taking back the House. I think we have a really good chance,” he told Hannity.