Vivek Ramaswamy, a tech entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate, is making strides in the primary election as he narrows the gap with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, positioning himself in second place behind former President Donald Trump, according to a recent poll.
Ramaswamy has garnered increased support among Republican voters, particularly after being the sole candidate to publicly express support for Donald Trump during his criminal indictment. The poll conducted by Echelon Insights indicates that Ramaswamy has improved his poll numbers by 2 percent, while DeSantis has experienced a 3 percent decrease.
Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, maintains a substantial lead over all other contenders, polling at 49 percent. However, DeSantis’s support has notably declined, with the results showing him polling at 16 percent. Ramaswamy is closely trailing DeSantis by a margin of just six points, polling at 10 percent.
2024 National Republican Primary— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) July 4, 2023
Trump 49% (=)
DeSantis 16% (-3 from May)
Ramaswamy 10% (+2)
Pence 5% (-4)
Haley 5% (=)
T. Scott 4% (+2)
Christie 2% (+1)
Trump 60% (+1)
DeSantis 32% (-2)
Echelon (A/B) | LVs | June 26-29https://t.co/R5gZx6yEPv pic.twitter.com/g6qX5bKHIr
According to the latest poll conducted between June 26 and 29, only three Republican candidates are currently polling in the double-digits. Former President Donald Trump leads the pack with 56 percent support in the battleground states, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 22 percent support. Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has also gained ground and received seven percent support from swing state voters.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are tied with five percent support, while South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is receiving four percent. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is polling at two percent, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez are tied at one percent support, as indicated by the poll results.
The poll, which surveyed 1,020 voters, has a margin of error of 3.9 percent.
Ramaswamy’s popularity among Republican voters increased significantly after he became the only candidate to publicly express support for Donald Trump when he faced indictments by the Biden administration’s Department of Justice in Miami last month. The anti-woke businessman made a commitment to pardon former President Trump of all federal charges if he assumes the presidency.
In a Twitter post on June 13, Ramaswamy wrote, “I challenge every US Presidential candidate to join me in standing for TRUTH. Commit to pardon Donald Trump for these federal charges on Day 1, or explain why you won’t.”
I challenge every US Presidential candidate to join me in standing for TRUTH. Commit to pardon Donald Trump for these federal charges on Day 1, or explain why you won’t. No one should hide. Not Biden. Not DeSantis. Not Haley. Not Pence. Not RFK. Not Scott. Not anyone. Principles… pic.twitter.com/qYP3fUrE5R— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) June 13, 2023
Following a massive campaign rally in South Carolina that drew a crowd of 50,000 people on Saturday, Steve Cortes, a prominent spokesperson for DeSantis’ Super PAC Never Back Down, acknowledged that President Trump is currently the “undeniable frontrunner” and expressed concerns that the DeSantis campaign is experiencing a substantial decline in support.