A new poll shows that, despite his various legal issues, former President Donald Trump appears to once again be the clear frontrunner in the early going for the Republican nod in the 2024 Presidential election.
Trump had a 20-point lead over his nearest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in the survey conducted by Harvard CAPS-Harris.
Given eight possible Republican Presidential candidates, 48% of respondents chose Trump, who served as President from 2016-2020 but lost his re-election bid to Democrat Joe Biden.
DeSantis, who has seen his profile rise quickly in the last few years, still managed 28% of the vote.
No other candidate in the survey managed to reach double-digits, bolstering the belief that DeSantis, who has in the past enjoyed endorsements from Trump, would be the former President’s chief obstacle to the Republican nomination.
Mike Pence, the man who served as Vice President under Trump, came in third with 7% of the vote. Sen. Marco Rubio and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tied for fourth place with 3% each.