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Republican voters are strongly leaning towards Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as their preferred choice for former President Donald Trump’s running mate, according to the latest I&I/TIPP poll. DeSantis garnered 29% of the votes, making him both the first and second pick by a considerable margin. This overwhelming support underscores DeSantis’ popularity and perceived suitability for the role among Republican constituents.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, although a respected figure, falls significantly behind DeSantis in the survey. Trump has already excluded her from consideration, further solidifying DeSantis’ position as a frontrunner for the vice presidential nomination.

Trump’s imminent announcement of his running mate hints strongly at DeSantis being a top contender. The synergy between Trump and DeSantis, coupled with DeSantis’ track record as a dynamic and successful governor, makes him a natural choice for many Republican voters.

Other notable figures in the poll include South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former Health Secretary Ben Carson. While they have their supporters, none command the same level of enthusiasm as DeSantis among Republican voters.

Long-shot candidates like Tucker Carlson and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene are not gaining substantial traction in the poll, further emphasizing DeSantis’ dominant position as the preferred running mate.

The polling methodology, which combines first and second-choice preferences, reinforces DeSantis’ lead and reflects a clear preference among Republican voters for a DeSantis-Trump ticket. This sentiment underscores the importance of a strong and complementary vice presidential pick in rallying support and shaping the Republican Party’s direction for the upcoming election cycle.