While President Joe Biden has the advantage among likely voters in New Hampshire, former President Donald Trump has an undeniable lead at 39% among the GOP field, with business entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley coming in a distant second and third, according to a new poll released by CNN and the University of New Hampshire.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has dropped into fifth in this poll, coming in behind former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The poll has Ramaswamy at 13%, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 12%, and Christie at 11%. DeSantis came in at 10%, a 13-point drop since the last such CNN poll in July.
Support for DeSantis has fallen dramatically in various polls since he first started putting together campaign plans earlier this year. At one point, he was at 43% of the Republican likely vote.
Biden is leading Trump by 12 points, however. In a head-to-head, Biden got 52% support to Trump’s 40% in New Hampshire.
Some 6% would vote for another candidate, and 2% were unsure.
In 2020’s presidential race, New Hampshire voters went for Biden with 52.9% of the vote to Trump’s 45.5%.
New Hampshire is considered a bellwether state. Between 1900 and 2020, the state’s voters picked the winning presidential candidate nearly 81% of the time. Since 2000, New Hampshire has voted for Democrat presidential nominees 83.3% of the time and Republicans 16.7% of the time.
The leading Republican candidates, with the exception of Trump, will appear in the second GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Sept. 27.