Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are in a virtual tie for the 2024 Republican nomination for the country’s highest office, according to a poll commissioned by a super PAC run by Trump national security adviser-turned-critic John Bolton.
Trump led DeSantis 26.2% to 25.2% in a survey of 1,000 likely voters done by Carter Wrenn on behalf of John Bolton Super PAC Sept. 16-18, the organization posted on its website.
The survey delineated the voters as very conservative, somewhat conservative and moderate primary voters.
Former U.S. Attorney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a distant third (7.2%), followed by former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (6%), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (4.7%), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (3%), Trump administration Vice President Mike Pence (2.6%), Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina (2.3%), Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (2.3%) and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri (1.3%).
Bolton is widely regarded as hawkish, and reports say he and Trump split over differing approaches to Afghanistan. Bolton said the new poll showed a 20% drop for his former boss compared to a similar survey in July; he attributed the decline to Trump’s Afghanistan policy of negotiated withdrawal and the disastrous unilateral action by successor Joe Biden.