Not even close! Trump holds solid lead in GOP presidential race despite federal charges | wayne dupree

A new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released exclusively on The Hill on Friday shows that despite being arrested on federal charges in a cold case, former President Trump still has a sizable lead in the crowded Republican presidential race.

If the Republican primary were held today, 59% of Republican respondents said they would vote for Trump, while 14% said they would vote for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Only 8% of Republican primary voters said they would support former Vice President Pence, while just 4% said they would vote for former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

The investigation was conducted less than a week after the ex-president said he faced federal charges.

According to Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll study, “former President Trump’s indictment had little bearing on his popularity in the GOP primary because Ron DeSantis has even more distance to catch up with the arrival of so many new suitors.”

A federal court in Miami heard Trump’s impeachment on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop him from being in the middle of the campaign. Before returning to Bedminster, NJ, to address his fans and meet with fundraisers, Trump stopped at a renowned Cuban restaurant in Little Havana after his arraignment.

After the indictment was announced, Trump’s campaign said Thursday that he had raised more than $6 million.

The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll surveyed 2,090 eligible voters between June 14-15. The Harris Poll and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University have joined forces on this.

The survey is a statistically valid and representative online sample of the Harris Panel respondent group, with responses weighted to account for known demographic characteristics. The online survey does not provide a confidence interval for its statistical validity as a representative sample.

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