Yeah, those corn shucking crackers in Iowa are sure turning out for Trump. They don’t care that he loves Putin or fronts for the Russian enemy. All they care about is dressing up like corn shucking crackers and giving their all to Trump. The poll conducted by unknown UK firm, JL Partners, who must have been paid for by Republicans because no one else could get in touch with those corn shucking crackers in Iowa but them. Last they polled, they polled for Biden in the 2020 race but were off by close to 50 percentage points in calling the race.
- Focus in the GOP race shifts to Iowa on Thursday for the state fair
- A DailyMail.com poll shows Trump increasing his lead over the field by 11 points
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Donald Trump maintains his clear lead for the Republican nomination in the early state of Iowa, according to a new poll for DailyMail.com, but Ron DeSantis has lost nine points as Tim Scott gains momentum.
The results spell more trouble for the Florida governor who this week rebooted his campaign yet again.
And they come as national attention switches to Iowa for the next week, when candidates will attend the state fair. Polls in the state, which is the first to pick its nominee are closely watched as they can make or break a candidate.
A survey of likely Republican caucus-goers shows that Trump has the support of 43 percent, up two points since April.
DeSantis’s stuttering campaign has seen him drop from 26 percent to 17.
The contest for the Republican nomination was meant to be a race between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. But a poll for the Trump campaign suggests the former president is way ahead.
Most of that decline seems to be down to the rocketing fortunes of well-funded Scott. In April (before he entered the race) he was polling at one percent. Now he is on 11 percent.
The poll was conducted from August 1 to 7, in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s third criminal indictment this year.
‘Trump’s indictments have only helped him entrench his position in Iowa,’ said James Johnson, co-founder of Republican polling firm J.L. Partners, which conducted the research.
‘In April he had a 15-point lead amongst likely caucus-goers in the Hawkeye State; that now stands at a 26-point advantage.
‘Though voters continue to have a positive view of the man himself, support for DeSantis is falling fast and now only six points separate him and Tim Scott for second place.
‘Alongside Trump’s ascendancy, the story of this poll is “Scottmentum:” Scott has jumped from one percent in April to 11 percent now.’
Iowa polls are a crucial barometer of the race. The state is the first to choose its preferred nominee, so the results can make or break a campaign.
That is good news so far for Scott, the senator from South Carolina. He already had a reputation as an impressive fundraiser with a compelling story about a rough childhood.
His stock has only risen since entering the race with a positive message. He is scoring high favorability ratings and has moved into third place in a string of early state polls even before his backers prepare to spend $40 million in a fall advertising blitz.
‘Tim Scott is the one candidate in this race with real movement and momentum. It is clear his positive message, anchored in conservatism is resonating with Iowa caucus-goers,’ said his campaign communications director Nathan Brand.
In contrast, DeSantis this week overhauled the senior leadership of his campaign amid disappointing poll results and dwindling cash reserves.
His status as a rising star of the party and his landslide win to secure a second term as Florida governor last year seem a long time ago.
But there is some good news for him among the Republican voters of Iowa.
He fares best in head-to-head match-ups with Trump, suggesting he is still best placed to beat the former president to the nomination.
He trails Trump by 17 points in a two-horse race, while Scott loses by 20 points.
Bryan Griffin, DeSantis campaign press secretary, said: ‘This primary is a two-man race between Governor DeSantis and a man running in 2024 on the things he promised to do in 2016 and failed to do.
‘Governor DeSantis is the only candidate in the race who can beat Joe Biden and implement the agenda we need to reverse this country’s decline and revive its future.’
So far Trump’s legal woes have not helped DeSantis win support among Republicans.
The former president was back in court last week to plead not guilty to four charges related to his effort to stay in power after the 2020 election.
The latest federal case accuses Trump of three conspiracies: Conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against people’s rights.
It follows a case in New York related to a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
And in June Trump was charged in federal court with illegally possessing classified documents after leaving the White House and concealing them from the government.