According to a recent poll conducted by NMB Research, a tie exists between former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, 51, and current Florida governor Ron DeSantis, 44, among prospective Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.
The first formal primary of the Republican Party was held in New Hampshire, making it a pivotal state for the next presidential election.
Despite this, the study reveals that former President Donald Trump, 77, continues to obliterate Haley, DeSantis, and the rest of the crowded Republican field with a whopping 47% support.
New Hampshire will hold the second Republican primary battle overall after the Iowa caucuses, and no other candidate was able to reach double digits in the survey.
Chris Christie, the ex-governor of New Jersey, and Vivek Ramaswamy, a multimillionaire biotech entrepreneur, tied for eighth place in a recent survey of Republican voters in the state.
While former VP Mike Pence and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum received less than 5%, only Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) received more than 2%.
Recent data from RealClearPolitics on the standings of Republican candidates in New Hampshire, which does not include the most recent poll, shows Trump with a commanding lead of 44.3%, followed by DeSantis with 13.3%, Christie with 8%, Scott with 7.5%, Ramaswamy with 6%, Burgum with 4.5%, and Haley with 3.8%.
This survey was taken after the first debate on August 23, in which all the contenders participated except Trump.
Between August 25 and 31, 2018, 800 potential Republican voters were surveyed, with a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.
DeSantis has taken time away from his campaign to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Idai in Florida at the end of last month. His campaign said they will be back to work later this week.
On a national level, Trump has a massive 39.3-point lead over DeSantis, his closest competitor.
This week, Haley will be doing a flurry of events in the Granite State, including a town hall on parental rights in education, before returning to her native South Carolina.
Haley’s campaign introduced ten county chairs on Tuesday. She plans to attend at least 49 events throughout the state’s ten counties this week.