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DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll

DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll
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Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHispanic Caucus energized by first Biden meeting Simon & Schuster rejects employees' call to drop Pence book deal Jeffries roasts McCarthy over Waters: 'Clean up your own mess' MORE and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis suggests Chauvin jury may have been 'scared of what a mob' would do 34 states considering anti-protest bills introduced by Republicans: report Florida Senate appears unlikely to pass transgender sports bill MORE (R) are the two front-runners in a new poll of potential 2024 Republican candidates that does not include former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE.

A new survey obtained by The Hill from GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump’s 2020 campaign, shows Pence at 19 percent and DeSantis at 17 percent support among GOP primary voters in a potential nominating contest that does not include Trump. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzChauvin likely to face uphill battle in expected appeal Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Senate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote MORE (R-Texas) is the only other contender to break double digits in the survey with 13 percent.

However, when Trump is thrown into the equation, they find themselves in a distant second and third place. When the former president is taken into account, Trump gets 51 percent support, trailed by Pence at 9 percent and DeSantis at 7 percent.

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In a subset of the poll that only surveyed those who would vote for Trump, Pence and DeSantis are knotted up at 22 percent for who would be their second choice. Cruz comes in third with 19 percent.

“If President Trump chose not to run, it’s clear his supporters are already gravitating towards VP Mike Pence, FL. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz,” Fabrizio told Politico, which first reported on the poll. 

The survey marks a warning sign for a slew of other possible presidential contenders who trail badly in every combination of the poll.

With Trump in the race, Cruz finds himself with just 3 percent support, while South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemFlorida Senate appears unlikely to pass transgender sports bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines Missouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago MORE, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Sens. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonLeBron deletes tweet saying Columbus police officer is 'next' after Chauvin Pompeo joins GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to introduce Iran sanctions act The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines MORE (R-Ark.) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyOn The Money: Senate GOP faces post-Trump spending brawl | Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term | Left-leaning group raises concerns about SALT cap repeal RNC raises nearly M in record off-year March donations Senate GOP faces post-Trump spending brawl MORE (R-Mo.) and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo visits Hill to support GOP push for Iran sanctions Pompeo joins GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to introduce Iran sanctions act House passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department MORE, all hit just 1 percent. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) gets zero percent.

Those numbers improve just slightly with Trump out of the race, with Noem and Pompeo finding themselves at 4 percent and Hawley at 2 percent. Hogan and Cotton remain at 1 percent, while Scott is bumped up to 1 percent. 

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While 2024 jockeying has already begun among several potential contenders, Pence has maintained a low profile since January. He broke his silence for the first time this week by publishing an op-ed in The Daily Signal calling into doubt the integrity of the 2020 election. 

DeSantis, meanwhile, has seen his star rise within the GOP in large part due to his approach to the coronavirus pandemic. While Florida has suffered more than 32,000 deaths, DeSantis garnered praise for refusing to shut down his state. A survey from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy released on Monday found the governor with a 53 percent approval rating, up from his 45 percent approval rating in July.

Fabrizio’s poll surveyed 1,264 Republican voters from Feb. 20-March 2 and has a margin of error of 2.7 percent.