Vivek Ramaswamy has passed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for second place following former President Donald Trump in a new poll.
The Kaplan Strategies poll showed Ramaswamy just one percentage point ahead of the governor in his latest surge.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has overtaken Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) nationally for second place in the GOP primary field, according to a Kaplan Strategies poll. https://t.co/YkOAnby5vr
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 14, 2023
"The poll, published on Monday, shows that 48 percent of GOP primary voters back Trump as he continues to dominate the field. Ramaswamy sits alone in second place with eleven percent, while DeSantis follows with ten percent," Breitbart News reported.
"Trump’s support is unchanged since Kaplan Strategies’ poll published in July, whereas DeSantis is down two points from when he and Ramaswamy were tied at twelve percent. The pair have been trending in opposite directions over the past few months, with Ramaswamy climbing and DeSantis sliding," it added.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slipped into third place behind former President Donald Trump and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy in a second national Republican primary presidential poll. https://t.co/81zHjGRaTd
— The National Pulse (@TheNatPulse) August 14, 2023
"The Kaplan Strategies poll is the second poll in less than a week that shows the DeSantis campaign in decline," the National Pulse reported.
"On August 10th, Cygnal, a Washington, DC-based polling firm, showed former President Trump at a commanding 53 percent in a hypothetical national Republican primary. Ramaswamy was in second place with 11 percent and DeSantis in third at 10 percent," it added.
Ramaswamy has largely sided with Trump on many political issues, offering a younger perspective and an omnipresent media focus that has put him on leading shows on a daily basis.
DeSantis has been hammered by attacks from Trump as well as other Republicans seeking to gain on him. The Florida governor has also been the target of some Democrats, including his ongoing battle with California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The latest numbers, however, show that the DeSantis team needs a major turnaround over the next few months as plans to win the nomination are now showing DeSantis dropping to third.
The chaos is about to grow even more as GOP candidates prepare for the first primary debate later this month to win more support from Americans.