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The first state to vote in the 2024 Republican presidential primary has a clear and indisputable front-runner.
Former President Donald Trump leads in a Thursday poll of Iowa Republicans from Emerson College — and it’s not close.
Trump has support from a titanic 62 percent of Republicans in Iowa, who vote in a caucus.
His closest competitor — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — has 20 percent support, less than a third of Trump’s.
The polling suggests DeSantis has a long way to go in making the primary a competitive race. The governor is widely considered the only Republican with a serious chance of dethroning Trump in a presidential primary.
However, the poll conducted the query of Iowa Republicans between May 19 and 22 — a time frame before DeSantis’ Wednesday announcement of a formal presidential campaign.
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