Vivek Ramaswamy closes in on DeSantis, takes 2nd place in poll

 July 10, 2023

Vivek Ramaswamy is closing the gap between himself and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary race.

Ramaswamy is now placing just six points behind DeSantis in a recent poll.

"Ramaswamy claimed the support of 10% of likely voters in an Echelon Insights poll conducted June 26-29. DeSantis, meanwhile, claimed 16% support to former President Donald Trump's 49%," reported JustTheNews.

That's a 2% surge for Ramaswamy and a 3% drop for DeSantis.

"No other candidate earned double digit support. Notably, Ramaswamy still appears to have room to grow as 38% of poll respondents indicated they never heard of him. Only 1% said so for Trump compared to 7% for DeSantis," reported JustTheNews.

Trump has, in the past, said positive things about Ramaswamy.

DeSantis is having a difficult time gaining any kind of significant ground on Trump, even as the former president faces multiple indictments and charges.

"While the formerly amicable Trump-DeSantis relationship has turned decidedly sour amid the governor's challenge to Trump, the former president has generally offered supportive messages to Ramaswamy, who has generally expressed a favorable assessment of Trump's official tenure but highlighted the need for fresh leadership for the country," reported JustTheNews.

Generally, Ramaswamy's candidacy has been viewed as a longshot.

Additionally, the Echelon poll could be an outlier.

The RealClearPolitics polling average, which excludes the Echelon survey, places Ramaswamy in a tie for sixth place with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

"Trump, DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott stand ahead of him in that metric," according to JustTheNews.

Regardless, the crowded GOP field is going to make for an interesting road leading up to the 2024 presidential election.