The main point of this?
DeSantis has the two above knocking on his door ….
Neither Haley or Vivek worry Trump….
But Trump want’s DeSantis to be buried….
Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio is telling Republican donors that Nikki Haley “has surged” in Iowa since last week’s GOP presidential debate — and that she and Vivek Ramaswamy are essentially tied with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire, according to a polling memo obtained by Axios.
Driving the news: Fabrizio’s memo, sent to fundraisers and allies of former President Trump, said that all three remain far behind him in the first two states that will vote in the GOP primary season.
Why it matters: Haley and Ramaswamy were widely seen as doing well in thedebate, but the memo also reflects Team Trump’s emphasis on DeSantis’ early struggles — and how it’s trying to shift the campaign’s narrative from “Trump vs. DeSantis” to “Trump vs. everyone else.”
- Fabrizio is polling for Trump’s super PAC MAGA Inc., and was his chief pollster in the 2016 and 2020 campaigns. He also helps conduct the Wall Street Journal‘s polls,
What they’re saying: Fabrizio wrote that his latest poll among likely Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire showed Trump far ahead and that “DeSantis has flatlined, Haley has surged, and Ramaswamy is seen as last week’s debate winner.”
- “The much hoped-for DeSantis ‘bounce’ was really a ‘dead cat bounce’ in that it doesn’t exist,” Fabrizio wrote of the Florida governor’s standing.
- “With Haley’s surge, DeSantis finds himself with another challenger for a distant 2nd place besides Ramaswamy — Nikki Haley.”….
By the numbers: In Iowa, Fabrizio found Trump at 44%, DeSantis at 18%, Haley at 10%, along with Ramaswamy and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tied at 7%.
- In New Hampshire, Fabrizio found Trump at 48%, DeSantis at 11%, Haley and Ramaswamy at 9%, and Scott tied with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 5%.
- In questions about the debate, Fabrizio also found that Ramaswamy — a businessman and political novice whose far-right positions have drawn attention — was the debate’s “clear winner,” with Haley and DeSantis tied for second.
- The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight and Ipsos also conducted a post-debate poll, which found 29% of potential Republican primary voters thought DeSantis won the debate, compared with 26% for Ramaswamy and 15% for Haley.