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Chris Christie campaigs in New Hampshire in 2015. (Photo: Michael Vadon).

DeSantis catches up to Trump in Iowa, with Christie at at zero, poll shows

Rick Shaftan’s Neighborhood Research Poll puts DeSantis at 32%-30% over Trump among liely GOP Iowa caucusgoers

By David Wildstein, November 21 2022 10:30 am

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now in a statistical dead heat with former President Donald Trump among likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new Neighborhood Research poll from New Jersey native Rick Shaftan.

DeSantis now leads Trump, 32%-30%, a huge jump from the former president’s 38%-17% lead in a poll released in July.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is mulling a second bid for the presidency, is at zero percent after no likely caucusgoers listed his name as their first choice.

A total of 30% of likely caucusgoers remain undecided.  Former Vice President Mike Pence is at 2.8% in Iowa; four others  – former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Niki Haley, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, are at less than one percent.    Eight additional Republicans – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Reps. Liz Cheney and Dan Crenshaw, and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – each received a single first place vote.

Another July poll released by Neighborhood Research put Christie at zero percent in New Hampshire.

Christie was polling at just 3% in Iowa in a Des Moines Register poll released the weekend before the 2016 caucus, after he had essentially pulled out of the state and put all his eggs in New Hampshire’s basket.

But in New Hampshire a week later, Christie finished sixth with 7.4% of the vote and zero delegates; he dropped out of the race the next day.

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