Sanford Takes Votes from Walsh and Weld, But Not Trump

Former Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford is the latest candidate to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

However, national survey of Registered Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents shows that the new candidate only takes votes away from two other Trump challengers: former Congressman Joe Walsh and former Governor William Weld.

Currently, 76% of potential GOP Primary Voters would cast their ballot for President Donald Trump. Sanford, Walsh, and Weld each pick up support from 2%.

A month ago, the president received an identical 76% of the vote. At that time, 5% preferred Walsh and 3% picked Weld.

In May, the president led Weld by a 73% to 7% margin.

Therefore, regardless of whether the president has one, two, or three challengers, the total anti-Trump vote remains steady at 6-8% of potential GOP voters.

In the latest survey, 2% say they’d vote for some other candidate, 2% would not vote, and 14% are undecided.

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The national survey of 1,175 Registered Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents was conducted September 9-12, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/- 3.0 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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