(USNewsMag.com) – According to a new poll, former President Donald Trump currently has a 56-point lead in Kentucky over the rest of the candidates in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
In the Emerson College Polling/Fox 56 Lexington poll, Trump had the support of 70 percent of those who responded, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got the support of 14 percent of those who responded.
In an April poll, Trump had a 39-point lead. Since April, Trump has gained 8 percent more in support, while support for DeSantis dropped by 9 percent.
Other candidates in the poll were former Vice President Mike Pence who received 4.4 percent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley who received 3.2 percent, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy who received 2.8 percent, former N.J. GOP Gov. Chris Christie who received 1.5 percent, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who received 0.8 percent, both New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson each received 0.4 percent. There was also the option for someone else which received 2.6 percent.
In the race for governor, Trump endorsed candidate Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, led the field by 16 percent, receiving a total of 33 percent in support. Cameron went on to win the Kentucky primary, which was held May 16.
Since April, Trump endorsed candidates have increased in support. If Trump endorsed a candidate, 48 percent said it makes them more likely to vote for that candidate while 12% said it makes them less likely to support a candidate. Forty-one percent said Trump’s support did not make a difference.
Kentucky voters rated their top concerns with 48 percent saying their top issue is the economy.
Five hundred very likely Republican primary voters were asked between May 10-12 who they support. The poll was conducted after Trump’s CNN Town Hall appearance which received both praise and criticism from Republicans.
The poll’s margin of error is 4.3 percent.
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