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Republicans Say One Candidate Rose Above the Rest with Best Debate Performance: Poll

A poll taken after the first GOP presidential primary debate on Wednesday showed that a plurality of Republican voters felt that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won the night.

According to a Washington Post poll, conducted alongside FiveThirtyEight and Ipsos, 29% of Republican voters polled said that DeSantis performed the best out of the eight candidates on the stage in Milwaukee.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 23-24 and polled 775 potential Republican primary voters who watched the debate.

The second-best performance, according to the poll’s respondents, was from entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who had support from 26% of GOP voters in the poll.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was the only other candidate to poll in double digits, with 15% of GOP voters saying she had the best night.

Former Vice President Mike Pence came in fourth with 7% support, and was followed by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who both tied with 4%.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson both polled at 1% in the debate.

“Last night, Ron DeSantis was the clear winner and proved that he is ready to beat Joe Biden and serve as America’s 47th president,” Andrew Romeo, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, told Fox News Digital. “The debate highlighted that DeSantis is the only candidate with the vision to reverse our nation’s decline and revive the American Dream.”

The showdown in Milwaukee, hosted by Fox News, was the first of monthly debates organized by the Republican National Committee.

The next debate — a FOX Business-hosted showdown — will be held Sept. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

  • Trump in 2024! says:

    It’s funny watching Weasel-Rama (Ramaswamy) and The Pignose Pete (Christie) going at it. Pence is a Judas and Rhonda Santis will say whatever it takes to win votes. None of them can be trusted.

  • ilene says:

    considering the fact that DeSantis has been in the news for years, and Ramaswamy for just a couple months, my guess is when margin of error (small poll at 775 participants) is taken into account, Desantis and Ramaswamy are likely tied. And a key factor in the polling was how many of those polled were “establishment” vs MAGA

  • Verna says:

    I would not vote for any of them!

  • Common Sense in America! says:

    Don’t let vivek fool you…he has benefitted greatly from the Paul and Daisy Soros foundation and that is also a racist soros group. They only benefitted non-white new immigrants. Bivek paid someone to attempt to whitewash his connection to the Soros family. He also stated he “believes in one god”. How can he when he is Hindu??? Anyway, he didn’t state which god he believes in. He won’t protect Christians.

  • Dorothy says:

    Of course everyone wants Trump but the way things are going, the ugly Democrats are surely up to something crooked. I thought De Santis is a leader and will never deny what he has done for Florida. Everyone in this country mostly moved down there. Stop putting him down. He is a great leader.

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