Trump and DeSantis Neck and Neck in Utah Presidential Primary

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are running head-to-head among Utah Republicans in the upcoming presidential primary, according to the latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

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Although Trump continues to hold a comfortable lead in national polls, the survey found that he received only 27 percent of the vote in the hypothetical primary, while DeSantis received 26 percent. Previous Republican presidential nominee and former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) claimed a meager 7 percent of the vote, while Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor, and former Vice President Mike Pence received 5 percent each. Additionally, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy secured 4 percent of the vote, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) received 3 percent.

Trump’s low numbers among Utah Republicans compared to his performance in the 2016 Republican Caucus is noteworthy. In that year, Cruz dominated the state with 69 percent of the vote, while Trump brought in a mere 14 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) surfaced again in the new poll, receiving 3 percent of the vote.

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Trump remains the Republican front-runner in national polls with about 53 percent, followed by DeSantis with 22 percent. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows that no other candidate has more than 5 percent of the voting share. According to RealClearPolitics, both Pence and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, along with North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, have launched their campaigns in the past week.