Former President of the United States Donald Trump has expanded his lead over the rest of the candidates for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election and surpasses Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by more than 30 points, according to a survey by the CNN news network. published this Tuesday and which analyzes the preferences of the Republican base.
52% of Republican voters say they would support Trump for the conservative nomination, compared to 18% who say they would support DeSantis. In the last survey carried out by that chain, between June 13 and 17, both obtained respective percentages of 47 and 26%.
The rest of the candidates, beyond Trump and DeSantis, do not exceed 10% for the Republican base, neither in this survey carried out between August 25 and 31 nor in the previous one. 65% of conservative voters say they are convinced of their decision and rule out changing their mind as the polls get closer.
Seven out of ten voters in Trump’s Republican base see him as the most qualified to manage the economy, far ahead of DeSantis (9%), his former vice president Mike Pence (4%) or the former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (3%), and also believe that she is the best one to deal with immigration (65%).
Trump also remains in the lead as the candidate best considered to address the situation in Ukraine (63%), crime and security (54%) and education (42%), as well as abortion (44%) or climate and energy policies (49%).
The biggest concern among this electorate if Trump is the chosen candidate for 2024, in their opinion, is that the opposition will attack him or refuse to work with him (8%), or also his lack of tact (8%). and a poor public image (7%).
5% of the Republican base say they are worried about his “ego” and “arrogance”, the same percentage of those who believe that the elections could be manipulated against him, while 4% say they are worried about his personality “in general” and for the possibility that his election could lead to revolts or a “civil war.”
The 19 defendants plead not guilty
Donald Trump and the other 18 accused of electoral interference in Georgia no longer pleaded not guilty and waived their appearance at the formal reading of the charges, scheduled for this Wednesday.
The former Republican president pleaded not guilty on August 30 and this Tuesday those who had not yet spoken out did the same, including Mark Meadows, who was his last chief of staff in the White House.
The 19 were summoned this Wednesday for the formal reading of charges against them and to argue whether they plead guilty or not guilty, but they voluntarily waived their right to be present at that procedure.
The former Republican president and his allies are accused of trying to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential elections in Georgia, where Democrat Joe Biden won by a narrow margin of two tenths (49.5%), the closest in the entire country. .
The prosecutor in charge of the case, Democrat Fani Willis, has proposed to the court that the trial begin on October 23. The judge has maintained that date only for one of the accused, the lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, who had requested a quick trial, but the date for the rest is not yet known.
The investigation began as a result of the call in which on January 2, 2021, Trump asked the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” 11,780 votes, one more than Biden had obtained there.
The prosecutor used the RICO law against him, known for being used against members of the mafia and used to ensure that the leaders of a criminal association, and not just their subordinates, are held accountable before justice.
Among the accused are also Trump’s former lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and some of his lawyers during the campaign who tried to deceive the president of the US Senate, among others, in the certification of the votes to opt for Trump, to even though he had lost the elections in that state.
Georgia emerged as a key state in the 2020 presidential election because the margin between Biden and Trump was so close that a complete manual recount was carried out to clear up doubts about possible fraud, a procedure whose result remained unconvincing to the then outgoing president.
Trump is accused in four criminal cases, two for electoral interference in Washington and Georgia, another in Florida for taking classified papers from the White House when he left power and the fourth in New York for irregular payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels to silence during the 2016 campaign an affair they had in the past.
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