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Trump faces uncertainty ahead of Super Tuesday as some GOP voters say he is not their “pick” for president


A significant portion of Republican primary and caucus voters have expressed reluctance to support Donald Trump in the event he is successful in securing the candidacy of the party for the presidential race, indicating that the campaign strategy of the former president may face potential obstacles. The Republican Party is preparing for the upcoming November presidential election against the Democratic Party’s only nominee and current President Joe Biden, but this survey, conducted by AP VoteCast in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, shows that the Republicans are deeply divided ahead of their most important battle in four years.

Mixed “Feelings” Among Republican Voters

The survey showed deep dissatisfaction among the participants in the first Republican contests. 20% of voters in Iowa, one-third in New Hampshire, and 25% of voters in South Carolina said that they would be less likely to vote for Trump in the general election if he were to be renominated. These results are clearly not in favor of Trump, indicating a potentially “tough” campaign for the former president to unify the Republican base under his banner, especially when considering a rematch against Biden.

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This resistance to voting for Trump extends beyond the early voting states. The fact that Lee and Bill Baltzell have abandoned their affiliation with the Republican Party in order to register as independents demonstrates a more widespread sentiment that is prevalent across the country. They actively supported Nikki Haley’s campaign against Trump in Colorado and expressed their preference for alternatives to both Trump and Biden.

Despite such opposition, Trump continues his quest for the nomination, although these sentiments might pose challenges to garnering widespread support. A closer look reveals that a significant share of the voters reluctant to support Trump includes Democrats and independents, highlighting a cross-party concern.

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Moreover, the reluctance among Republicans who previously voted for Biden in 2020 underscores the difficulty Trump may face in attracting votes from within his party and beyond. Primaries usually attract the most fervent voters, and turnout is generally lower than in general elections, which may not fully reflect the broader electorate’s views.

However, about 10% of those who backed Trump in the 2020 general election now say they won’t support him, raising questions about their potential voting choices.

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To secure a return to the White House, Trump would need to appeal to moderates and independents who leaned towards Biden in the last election. Even minimal internal party opposition and skepticism from independents could significantly impact his campaign efforts.

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