Trump is still well ahead in the Iowa poll, with Haley tying DeSantis for second place | ET REALITY

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Former President Donald J. Trump still has a big lead in Iowa, according to a poll released Monday, but Nikki Haley has surged to tie with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for a distant second.

Trump has the support of 43 percent of voters likely to participate in the first Iowa Republican caucuses in January, according to the new Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Poll found: about the same 42 percent he got in the same survey in August.

DeSantis and Haley, the former South Carolina governor and former United Nations ambassador, are tied at 16 percent. That’s a three percentage point decrease for DeSantis and a 10-point increase for Haley, driven in part by Haley’s growing support among independent voters.

The poll was conducted by J. Ann Selzer and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

Behind Haley and DeSantis are Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina at 7 percent, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at 4 percent, and Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota at 3 percent. percent. None of those candidates have made significant progress since the August elections.

The new poll was conducted before former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out of the race on Saturday. He had only 2 percent support (down from 6 percent in August) and his supporters were redistributed among his second-choice candidates in the final results.

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