Donald Trump holds wide lead in 2024 Republican presidential contest, Vivek Ramaswamy receives 5% support

In the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, former US President Donald Trump has garnered substantial support, as indicated by a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The poll discloses that more than half of the party\’s voters endorse Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Specifically, 61% of self-identified Republicans expressed their intention to vote for Donald Trump in the state-by-state nominating contest, which determines a challenger to the incumbent US President, Joe Biden.

Despite grappling with numerous legal challenges, including multiple criminal charges related to the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, hush money payments to a porn star, and the mishandling of classified documents, Trump is currently the undisputed front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

None of Trump\’s competitors came close to matching his level of support in the poll. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis each secured the backing of 11% of self-identified Republicans.

Haley\’s standing has seen improvement since September when a Reuters/Ipsos poll placed her in a tie for fourth place at 4%. Nevertheless, she and other candidates continue to lag further behind Trump, who enjoyed the support of 51% of Republicans in that earlier poll.

Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy garnered only 5% support, while former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received 2%. Additionally, 8% of respondents expressed they were undecided.

The initial ballots for the 2024 US elections are scheduled for Iowa\’s Republican caucus on January 15, which utilizes a unique system to select presidential candidates. In this process, voters, or caucus-goers, convene for hours in various locations to discuss and rank candidates. Trump\’s lead in Iowa is credited to strong support from evangelical and first-time likely caucus-goers. He also maintains substantial leads over his Republican counterparts in national polls and in New Hampshire, the second state to vote in the Republican nominating contest on January 23.

The online poll surveyed 1,689 self-identified Republicans and was conducted from December 5 to December 11.

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