This week, some of the final candidates in the GOP primaries engaged in a prime-time debate. Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley debated during a CNN-hosted event.
Either candidate at various times held the second-place spot in the election cycle.
DeSantis was a favorite for a long time. Haley has gained some steam but faced several setbacks. And now, critics are weighing in on the debate. There appears to be a clear winner.
From Daily Wire:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won the latest Republican Party presidential primary debate over former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to a post-debate poll.
A Daily Mail poll conducted by J.L. Partners found that 55% of viewers said DeSantis won while 31% said that Haley won. Fourteen percent were not sure.
According to a post-debate poll, DeSantis won the debate over Nikki Haley by a large margin. Fifty-five percent of those who watched said DeSantis won, while only 31% said Haley won.
The Republican woman has faced several hurdles in recent days. She has been accused of being a “globalist” over some of her foreign policy views. Many Americans lashed out at her social media policies, which would force users to reveal their real times. Some accused her of trying to erode free speech.
More recently, out-going candidate Chris Christie mocked Haley during a “hot mic” moment, saying that despite spending millions on ads, she was “going to be smoked.”
As it stands now, the second-place primary candidate will have a hard job on their hands. Donald Trump is dominating the primary cycle, leading in some polls by 30 points or more.
It doesn’t appear as if either DeSantis or Haley will be able to overcome their deficit to defeat Trump.
But some have claimed Iowa will not go as the polls predict, with DeSantis capable of a surprise victory.
- A post-debate poll revealed that voters think DeSantis beat Haley in the recent debate.
- This comes as the two candidates continue to fight over second place.
- Some signs suggest DeSantis could win Iowa in an upset victory.
Source: Daily Wire