GOP voters overwhelmingly want Pence on 2020 ticket with Trump

An overwhelming majority of GOP voters want Vice President Mike Pence to stay on as President Trump’s running mate in the 2020 election, according to a new nationwide survey released on Friday. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll found that 69 percent of registered Republican voters want Pence to share a ticket with Trump in next year’s election.

Other options offered to respondents didn’t reach double-digits in the poll. Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) all tied, each receiving 9 percent support.

Another 4 percent of Republicans voters said they preferred someone else, without specifying a name. 

When broken down by gender, 73 percent of men named Pence as their top choice, compared to 63 percent of Republican women.

Haley made headlines last week with a tweet that offered support for Pence and stated “enough with the false rumors.”

The tweet raised eyebrows since there has not been a lot of public talk about Haley replacing Pence as Trump’s running mate.

“Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years,” she wrote in the tweet. “He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the president. He has my complete support.”

Trump officially kicked off his 2020 reelection bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida in June. 

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among 404 Republican voters between Aug. 23 and 24 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

—Tess Bonn 

 

 

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