Poll: Dead heat for second place between Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis in New Hampshire

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Just half a percentage point separates the two, with other candidates close behind.

Ron DeSantis continues to find the Granite State to be challenging terrain, with a new survey showing him in a statistical tie for second place in the GOP presidential primary race with Chris Christie.

The American Pulse survey conducted between July 5 and July 11 shows DeSantis leading the former New Jersey Governor by half a percentage point, 10.5% to 10%. Close behind are Sen. Tim Scott (6.9%) and Vivek Ramaswamy (5.3%), followed by Mike PenceNikki Haley, and Doug Burgum, all below 5%.

While rounding brings DeSantis to 11%, the New Hampshire poll is the latest sign that the Governor’s investment in the state isn’t swaying voters, especially given former President Donald Trump leads with 48% support. This is his worst performance in any poll of Granite State voters who intend to participate in the GOP Primary.

This survey’s release comes just after another recent poll was the first in weeks to show the Governor as high as 15%. A new National Research Inc. survey of 500 likely GOP Primary voters conducted between Monday and Wednesday shows the Governor at that threshold, but 24 points behind Trump.

Trump continues to dominate New Hampshire polling.

The most recent St. Anselm College Survey Center poll shows former President Donald Trump leading DeSantis, 47% to 19% in a crowded field.

New Hampshire Journal-Coefficient poll of more than 900 likely voters taken June 14-16 showed the Florida Governor with just 13% support. That number put him 34 points behind Trump (47%), and just 4 points above Christie.

The Race to the White House polling average shows Trump ahead of DeSantis 43% to 14% in a crowded field, and 49% to 25% if the race were between just the two of them.

Despite the poor polls, a recent memo from the DeSantis campaign says they’re going to keep working in the Granite State, where the Florida Governor spent Independence Day marching in parades.

“We will not cede New Hampshire. From what we can tell, pro-DeSantis efforts are currently and will continue to run a robust effort in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, that includes paid media and field. While Super Tuesday is critically important, we will not dedicate resources to Super Tuesday that slow our momentum in New Hampshire.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Third Place

    July 14, 2023 at 7:35 pm


  • Terri

    July 14, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    I love it because I have been looking and listening to what Chris Christy has to say and I like it! Ron DeSantis is too far out there for me.

    • William Dusenberry

      July 19, 2023 at 12:01 pm

      Google “ NJCU Gadfly” to give you a better idea, of what “we” might expect from Chris Christie— if he were to be elected to the presidency.

  • My Take

    July 15, 2023 at 12:03 am

    I’m looking forward to a lot more taunt and sass from Christie

  • PeterH

    July 15, 2023 at 1:49 am

    Republicans must be coming to their senses!

  • Greg Klein

    July 15, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Tiny D was not invited to any 4th of July parades in Florida.

  • Tom

    July 15, 2023 at 7:37 am

    First Republican I’ve seen in a while that I could actually vote for.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 15, 2023 at 10:15 am

    NH Republicans might tolerate the Newsmax BS, but they don’t buy it.

    The more Rhonda’s Never Bend Over PAC spent in NH, the more voters learned that Rhonda’s campaign is nothing but Newsmax BS, and the more that abstract “Trump but smart” and “Trump without the drama” guy from Florida converted to concrete Rhonda.

    It almost goes without saying, but I will end with saying it: Everybody Hates Rhonda.

  • John Barron

    July 15, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Meatball and Leona are DeDone!!! Polls prove it. He’s a loser!!!

  • My Take

    July 15, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    I think Christie has plenty of “oomph” to bash both Trumpy and Rhonda.
    Start the Show!

  • Peggy Kleiner

    July 21, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Let’s get out the vote for CC AND send donations. He needs our support and we need his rationality.

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