(DCWatchdog.com) – 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has seen her support in early-voting Iowa surge after last week’s first GOP presidential debate, according to a leaked confidential Trump campaign polling document.
Haley’s rating spike in Iowa, which will hold its GOP nomination caucuses on January 15, 2024, is noted in a polling memo sent out to former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign donors.
The memo obtained by Axios and cited by Newsmax was authored by Tony Fabrizio, the official pollster of the 2016 and 2020 Trump campaigns.
While Fabrizio observes a recent popularity surge for Haley, a former South Carolina governor and former US ambassador to the UN, he clarifies that she and the other GOP nomination bidders remain far behind Trump.
Thus, the GOP pollster discovered that the former president enjoys 44% support among Republican voters in Iowa, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is 26 points behind him at 18% support, Haley stands at 10%, and US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy are tied at 7%.
“DeSantis has flatlined, Haley has surged, and Ramaswamy is seen as last week’s debate winner,” Trump pollster Fabrizio states in the leaked memo.
Besides her recent rating upswing in Iowa, Nikki Haley is also performing relatively strongly in New Hampshire, which holds the first Republican presidential nomination primary in the nation.
According to Fabrizio, the 45th president of the United States enjoys 48% support in the granite state.
He is followed by DeSantis with 11%, while the third place is a tie between Haley and Ramaswamy at 9%.
The fourth spot in New Hampshire is also tied between Senator Tim Scott and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 5%, according to the memo.
The leaked Trump campaign document indicates that both Haley and Ramaswamy performed well in the first GOP primary debate, which the former president decided to skip.
Yet, Axios, a pro-left news outlet, underscores that the memo dwells on DeSantis’ struggles, with “Team Trump” trying to change the main narrative of the Republican nomination campaign to obscure Florida’s governor, namely, from “Trump vs. DeSantis” to “Trump vs. everyone else.”