Former Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford is the latest candidate to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
However, ScottRasmussen.com 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.
See full crosstab results.
The national survey of 1,175 Registered Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents was conducted September 9-12, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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