(DailyVantage.com) – Ahead of the 2024 Republican presidential primaries, former President Trump is attacking runner-up Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida). “He’s highly overrated. He’s the one that wanted to cut Social Security,” Trump said at an event in Las Vegas. Trump went on to assert on TruthSocial that DeSantis even wanted to “desperately get out” of the 2024 race.
The Iowa caucuses, currently scheduled for early January, will be the first trial for the field of candidates that has emerged. Among the 10 other candidates are former Representative Will Hurd, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, political commentator Larry Elder, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Of these candidates, the only other candidates polling over one percent, the threshold required to get into the Republican presidential debates, are Hutchinson, Christie, Scott, Haley, Ramaswamy, and Pence. This would mean the Republican debates may include up to eight candidates so far, depending on whether all of them meet other requirements set by the Republican National Committee.
DeSantis has been perceived as faltering, which has led to speculation of more Republicans entering the ring for the presidential primary, such as Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin or Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. However, current aggregate polling from FiveThirtyEight shows that Trump has about a 30-point advantage over DeSantis. While Trump’s legal troubles may draw more candidates into the race, as the frontrunner, Trump can benefit from a more divided field by garnering more delegates for fewer votes going into the Republican National Convention.
An Emerson poll indicates that, in a general election matchup, it is a close race between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Voters preferred Biden at 44% to Trump at 43%; however, when third-party candidate Colonel West was included against the prospective two major party candidates, Trump took the lead at 41% to Biden’s 40%. With a competitive general election set for 2024, the political theatrics of the primaries will soon be fully underway.
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