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A new nationwide survey summarizing the ongoing GOP presidential primary contest between former President Donald Trump and his one-time UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, does not bode well for the latter.
As per the Morning Consult Poll conducted among 1,297 potential Republican primary voters from January 22 to January 24, the former president enjoys the backing of 81 percent of respondents, while Haley garners support from just 18 percent of voters.
That’s a massive deficit of 63 points.
This marks a four-point rise for former President Trump, who previously had the backing of 79 percent of likely GOP voters ahead of the New Hampshire primary, as compared to Haley’s 20 percent, according to the previous poll conducted by Morning Consult.
Despite going 0-2 in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively, Haley, a former South Carolina governor, has vowed to remain in the race.
“New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation. This race is far from over,” she said following that state’s primary on Tuesday. “The road is never going to stop here in New Hampshire. That’s always been the plan.”
“Most Americans do not want a rematch between Biden and Trump,” Haley added. “The first party to retire its 80-year-old candidate is going to be the party that wins this election. And I think it should be the Republicans that win this election.”
Just days after United Auto Workers union President Shawn Fain said the organization was formally endorsing President Joe Biden’s reelection, he dropped a bombshell during a live Fox News interview about the preferred candidate for most members.
He appeared to suggest it will be Donald Trump.
After Fain fielded some questions about the slumping sales of electric vehicles and how that could affect the union labor force moving forward, host Neil Cavuto noted that in past decades, sizeable numbers of UAW members supported President Ronald Reagan and his successor, President George H. W. Bush, as well as other Republican presidents through the years.
Cavuto then went on to point out that many UAW members were supportive of Trump in 2016 and 2020 and remain supportive of him now before asking Fain how he felt about that.
“Look, it’s democracy in action,” the UAW boss began. “Let me be clear about this: A great majority of our members will not vote for President Biden. Yeah, some will, but that’s the reality of this. The majority of our members are gonna vote their paychecks. They’re gonna vote for an economy that works for them.”
🚨Massive UAW labor union boss TURNS on Biden LIVE on Fox News, forced to admit a majority of workers will be voting TRUMP:
“A great majority of our members will not vote for President Biden…the majority of our members are going to vote their paychecks.” pic.twitter.com/ydKJWZB6Wv
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 25, 2024
While Fain did not say that the “great majority” would be voting for Trump, that was the impression he gave since Cavuto had just mentioned past UAW rank-and-file support for previous Republican presidents.
Earlier this month, Vice President Harris responded to several polls that showed Trump leading Biden in both hypothetical presidential matchups and battleground states, admitting that the president is in political trouble.
“We’re going to have to earn our re-elect, there’s no doubt about it,” Harris said when asked about several recent 2024 polls showing Biden trailing Trump in several battleground states.
“It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership, have to make their case and have to make it effectively. That means communicating in such a way that the message is received about our accomplishments and what we care about,” she added.
“I have a great sense of duty and responsibility to do as much as I can, to be where the people are, and to not only speak with them but listen to them and let them know what we’ve accomplished,” Harris said.