According to a recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, former President Donald Trump is leading the Republican primary race by a significant margin.

The survey asked respondents about their preferred candidate in the Republican presidential primary, and among Republicans, Trump garnered a massive 62 percent of support.

This puts him far ahead of other potential contenders, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailing behind at a distant second with 17 percent support, a whopping 45 points behind Trump.

Former Vice President Mike Pence secured the third spot in the survey, with six percent support, trailing DeSantis by 11 points.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley followed closely with five percent support, while former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy obtained three percent and two percent support, respectively. Three percent of respondents were unsure, and two percent opted for “some other candidate.”

Interestingly, Trump also held a lead among independent voters, securing 34 percent support compared to DeSantis’s 16 percent. However, 17 percent of independent voters expressed preference for “some other candidate.”

The survey by Rasmussen Reports was conducted from May 11 to May 15, 2023, among 996 likely voters in the United States, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Another recent survey, conducted by The Economist/YouGov, also indicated Trump’s strong position within the Republican Party. In a head-to-head matchup against DeSantis, Trump received 58 percent support among Republicans, while DeSantis garnered 25 percent.

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These survey results align with the findings of a previous weekly survey conducted by Morning Consult, which revealed Trump’s dominance in the GOP primary field, with a commanding lead of 43 points.

In the aftermath of various election results on Tuesday, Trump took the opportunity to mock DeSantis. Despite DeSantis endorsing one of Trump’s challengers, Daniel Cameron, the Trump-backed candidate emerged victorious in the GOP primary in Kentucky.

However, in a significant blow to the GOP and DeSantis, Democrat Donna Deegan won the mayor’s race in Jacksonville, defeating the Republican candidate Daniel Davis.

Trump expressed his surprise at DeSantis’s loss in Jacksonville, proclaiming that if asked to endorse, the outcome would have been different.

He referred to the election as a “BIG LOSS” for the Republican Party, emphasizing that the victory of the Democratic candidate was only possible because of his own influence.

Trump further commented that DeSantis had lost his “magic.”