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Trump leads DeSantis for GOP nod by 13 points: WSJ poll

Trump appeared to gloat over his polling surge this week, dropping a new nickname for the Florida governor.

Published: April 21, 2023 5:08pm

Former President Donald Trump has surged to a 13% lead over Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, marking a nearly 30-point swing between the pair since December.

An April Wall Street Journal survey indicated that Trump enjoyed the support of 51% of GOP voters, compared to 38% who preferred DeSantis in a one-on-one matchup. In December, DeSantis enjoyed a 14-point lead over Trump, meaning the field has shifted 27 points in Trump's favor during that time.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson, conservative radio host Larry Elder, and tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy have also announced their campaigns. South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott has formed an exploratory committee.

Only Trump and DeSantis earned meaningful support in the survey. DeSantis has not formally announced a presidential campaign.

Trump appeared to gloat over his polling surge this week, dropping a new nickname for the Florida governor.

"I should call him rocket man, but now he’s rocket man that’s crashing," Trump said on the "Full Send Podcast" this week. "His polls are terrible. I’m leading him in every state."

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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