Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has made significant gains in the New Hampshire Republican primary, according to a recent poll. The news came after she was endorsed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) last week.
Haley has seen her support surge in recent weeks, now coming in second against former President Donald Trump in the Granite State.
Trump leads the pack with a significant 44% share. However, Haley’s support has increased to 29%, placing her second in the race. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis comes in third with 11%, while former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gained 10%.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy also polled significant support at 5%.
Nikki Haley gaining ground in New Hampshire behind Trump: Poll https://t.co/Z1ynXvUNjv
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 18, 2023
Haley also gained in other metrics, including a majority of Republican voters in the state believing her to be the most likable candidate. She also received a 51% share of voters who called her the most reasonable.
While Haley has made up ground in New Hamshire, she and the other candidates in the primary are still well behind Trump in other states.
This includes recent polling in Iowa, which will hold the first contest of the GOP’s presidential nominating season. Iowa caucus polling shows that Trump also leads his opponents by a wide margin.
In the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, Trump leads his opponents by more than 30%.
Overall, Trump logged in 52% on average in the last four most recent polls. That includes a CBS News poll conducted earlier this month in which Trump clears the majority mark easily, nabbing 58%. DeSantis is in second place with 22%, while Haley pulls in 13%.
No other candidate has greater than 5% in the poll. The results may reflect an increase in support for DeSantis following the endorsement by the Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).
Despite the gains by Haley and DeSantis in two of the earliest states, Trump still holds a significant lead in nationwide polling. He also has a significant advantage in general election polling against President Joe Biden.