Former South Carolina governor and member of former president Donald Trump’s administration Nikki Haley is preparing to announce her run for the White House, The Guardian reported.
A new poll has found that just one additional candidate in the 2024 Republican primary will be enough to split the vote and keep Trump ahead of the only current close rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has not formally announced his candidacy. But the far-right conservative governor has been hinting at it and gearing up for it for months.
A new poll conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov gave DeSantis a 45%-41% lead over Trump head-to-head.
It is not the only poll to predict a DeSantis win for the nomination. Other polls have also said just the same, prompting Trump to increase his attacks on his former ally.
But the new poll also produced an alternative scenario involving Haley that may worry DeSantis.
“In a hypothetical three-way match-up, Haley effectively plays the spoiler, attracting 11% of Republicans and Republican-learners while DeSantis’s support falls by roughly the same amount (to 35%), leaving Trump with more votes than either of them” at 38%,” the poll report says.
According to the Yahoo/YouGov poll, Haley attracted much more support than other potential candidates including former vice-president Mike Pence, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and Larry Hogan, a former governor of Maryland.
The poll reports that it boils down to the Trump or the anti-Trump vote. The more candidates who are not Trump, the more likely Trump will be the nomination.
Haley was the ambassador to the United Nations under Trump before resigning in 2018. She’s is due to announce her campaign next week in her home state, making her the second candidate to officially join the 2024 contest.