Trump Leads in 2024 Republican Presidential Nomination Race in New Hampshire


MANCHESTER, N.H. -Former President Donald Trump has a significant lead in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire, according to a recent CNN/University of New Hampshire poll. Among likely GOP primary voters in the state, Trump is the first choice for 39%.

However, a closely contested battle for second place has emerged among four candidates seeking to gain traction as an alternative to Trump. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was Trump's chief rival in the previous survey, has seen a decline in support, dropping to 10%.

The rising candidates vying for second place include tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (13%), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (12%), and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (11%). South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott received 6% support, while former Vice President Mike Pence garnered 2%.

The poll also suggests that a significant portion of voters remain open to changing their minds before the primary, expected to be held in January. About 36% have made a definite decision, 38% are leaning toward a candidate, and 24% are still deciding.

In terms of concerns about Trump as a candidate, respondents focused on threats to his safety, with 17% mentioning attacks by opponents or media. Other concerns included his ability to win (12%), perceived divisiveness or unpopularity (6%), and character-related issues (8%).

The poll was conducted online from September 14 to 18 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, with a sample of 2,107 New Hampshire adults. Among 845 likely Republican primary voters, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.