Two Republicans Winning Over Trump In 2024 Race

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A recent poll shows former President Donald Trump trailing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) among Utah voters’ choice for 2024 Presidential candidates.

A Deseret News-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll showed that DeSantis was a clear favorite among Utah voters of all political persuasions, receiving 24.2 percent support if the primary was held now.

Cheney came in second, with 16.4 percent support.

Trump trailed Cheney — his greatest Republican critic — by 1.8 percentage points, receiving only 14.6 percent support, a nearly 10-point drop from DeSantis’s figures.

However, voters that were uncertain about which candidate they would back in the primaries truly came in second. 20.7 percent of participants indicated — among a lineup that included Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and “another candidate” — that they “don’t know” who they’d vote for.

Cheney’s position in the poll is surprising given the Wyoming Republican lost her seat in the House of Representatives after Trump endorsed her challenger Harriet Hageman.

Cheney had gained the ire of the former President for her role in the second impeachment attempt and the investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot.

However, Cheney isn’t as popular among Utahn self-described Republicans, as she only receives 10 percent among self-identified Republicans, whereas Trump receives 21.1 percent support among this group.

DeSantis didn’t face the same fate as Cheney among Republican Utahn voters; instead, support for DeSantis grew by nearly nine percentage points to 33.1 percent, beating Trump by more than ten percentage points.