After coming in 34 points behind the former president in a poll taken in April among Republican voters in the early primary contest state, DeSantis was able to close the gap by 9 percent in the same poll taken this month.
The biggest change that occurred between the two poll dates was that DeSantis officially announced his candidacy in the 2024 Republican presidential primary race during a glitchy Twitter Spaces event on Wednesday.
The results come as DeSantis prepares to hit the campaign trail next week for the first time as a declared candidate with a swing through early primary contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Polling in Iowa shows that following his official entrance into the 2024 Republican primary race, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was able to close the gap with Donald Trump by 9 percent
The official campaign kick-off event will happen Tuesday evening in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by visits the next day in four other Iowa cities before heading back to the East Coast for more campaign stops.
A survey conducted by Trump pollsters McLaughlin and Associates and released Saturday evening shows the former president with 49.5 percent support from Republican voters in Iowa.
DeSantis, on the other hand, earned 24.5 percent – coming in second place with 25 points fewer than his top competitor.
This is a big change from the 34 percent lead Trump had on DeSantis is the April poll.
While 4.5 percent of Trump’s decline can be attributed to DeSantis’ rise post-announcement, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott also saw a 5.8 percent increase in support in Iowa with his official entry into the race.
Trump and DeSantis are still the only two candidates who earned double-digit support.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, earned 5 percent in April and lost 0.8 percent to May.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to announce his candidacy in coming weeks to run against his former boss. The once-Indiana senator also lost voters from April to May, coming in with 7 percent support at first and dropping down to 4.5 percent this month.
Also expected to enter the race in coming days is New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.
Donald Trump has increased his attacks against DeSantis following his formal entry into the race on Wednesday. Pictured: Trump arrives in New York this weekend
Ron DeSantis confirmed in a Twitter Spaces event mired by technical glitches on Wednesday that he is running for president in 2024
Trump and DeSantis are set for a fierce showdown in the 2024 primary next year as the two clear frontrunners for the Republican ticket.
The former president has consistently hurled insults at DeSantis, which the Florida governor has responded to by saying Trump is not the same person that people voted for in 2016 and vowing to bring more traditional conservative values to the White House.
DeSantis, 44, is also more than three decades junior to Trump, 76, and President Joe Biden, 80.
In pictures exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the former president was shown donning his usual golf attire – a white polo shirt, black slacks and his red Make America Great Again ball cap.
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