Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy continues to surprise political analysts with the success of his presidential campaign. Ramaswamy — who has consistently polled in third place behind former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — is now tied with the latter, according to a recent national poll.
According to the latest poll from Kaplan Strategies, Ramaswamy found himself tied DeSantis, with each candidate garnering support from 12 percent of respondents. The former president still maintained a massive lead in the crowded field, however, with a hefty 48 percent of the vote.
“Ramaswamy outperformed six other hopefuls by more than double, marking a significant surprise in this poll,” said pollster Doug Kaplan.
The Kaplan Strategies poll keeps with trends observed in recent weeks, with Ramaswamy gaining, DeSantis slumping and Trump continuing to cruise. One recent poll from Echelon Insights found that Ramaswamy climbed two percentage points to crack double digits at 10, while Governor DeSantis polled at 16 percent. Support for DeSantis declined by two percentage points over the previous period, representing an inverse of Vivek’s gain.
While Ramaswamy’s White House bid remains a long shot, he has continued to generate high favorability ratings among the GOP electorate. The political newcomer recently told Steve Hilton that he is not interested in a cabinet position if one of his Republican rivals is able to defeat President Biden next year, though he added that his candidacy will have an effect on the election regardless.
In addition to the three frontrunners, the survey also measured support for six additional GOP candidates. This includes former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, South Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Christie and Scott each polled at five percent, followed by Pence at four percent and Haley at three percent. Hutchinson garnered support from just one percent of respondents while Burgum posted a goose egg. An additional 10 percent of those surveyed remain undecided.