Former Governor Asa Hutchinson admitted that there exists a “gap” in the polls between him and former President Donald Trump, according to Newsweek. Hutchinson is not only trailing the former president but lagging so far behind that his support is nearly nonexistent with just 1 percent support from Republican voters.
Hutchinson served as the governor of Arkansas from 2015 to 2023 and was succeeded by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary for Trump. But Hutchinson has not taken a tone supportive of Trump. Instead, he has called for him to drop out of the race despite his overwhelming support among likely GOP voters.
While Hutchinson admitted that Trump is at the top, he said looked on the brighter side and said that campaigns and choices are there to improve the odds. He also emphasized that he would talk about the economy as part of his campaign. But the economy is not the only issue Republican voters care about, and it is not even the top of the list.
A January 2023 survey from Pew Research reveals Republicans are prioritizing border security and illegal immigration. Trump has also tapped into the transgender craze and affirmed that he will stop the “chemical, physical, and emotional mutilation of our youth,” according to American Pigeon.
A CBS poll reportedly puts Trump at 58 percent favor with Republican voters. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis garners 22 percent of voters, while other candidates are enjoying just single-digit support. Former Vice President Mike Pence, Vivek Ramaswamy, and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley all have around 5 points of support.
While Trump and DeSantis remain the strongest contenders, DeSantis reportedly fairs better in key battleground states against Joe Biden than Trump.
DeSantis is expected to formally announce his bid for president at the end of Florida’s legislative session this month.