Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and cost Republicans the 2022 midterm election, but the befuddled GOP just can't learn, with leaders continuing to side with Donald Trump (even after he hosted a dinner for anti-Semite Kanye West and neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes, and called for "terminating" the Constitution).
But maybe this will give Republican leaders a hint: if the 2024 presidential primaries were held today, Rep. Liz Cheney would beat Donald Trump, at least in deep red Utah, according to a new poll conducted by the Deseret News / Hinckley Institute of Politics.
In fact, Donald Trump would be reduced to a breathless caboose, chugging behind not just Rep. Cheney (WY) — who co-chairs the House committee investigating him and the Capitol insurrection — but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as well.
From Deseret News:
The former president didn't fare well in a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, even among Republicans. In fact, he finished third in a field of potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates, including one of his biggest critics in Congress.
If the Republican presidential primary were held today, only 14.6% of Utahns would vote for the former president.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis topped the list at 24.2%, followed by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost her reelection bid to a Trump-endorsed candidate, at 16.4%. Former Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both had 6%, while former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley came in at 3.7%.