Trump doubles his lead in Republican primary over DeSantis
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Donald Trump has doubled his lead in the Republican presidential primary amid reports he’ll be indicted by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, a new poll finds.

Voters see the case as politically motivating, pollster Daron Shaw said, and it’s bringing them back to Trump’s corner.

The Fox News poll found Trump has doubled his lead since February and is up by 30 points over Ron DeSantis, 54% to the Florida governor’s 24%.

Last month, Trump led DeSantis by 15 points: 43% to 28%.

DeSantis has not formally announced a presidential bid but many expect the Republican governor to run. He’s seen as Trump’s toughest competition for the GOP nomination. 

No other Republican contenders or potential candidates have it double digits in the poll.  

Mike Pence was third with 6% while Liz Cheney and Nikki Haley received 3% each. Only Haley has announced her bid.

Overall, Trump leads the race for the nomination by 17 points in the RealClearPolitics poll average. 

The first votes in the contest don’t happen until early 2024 but the former president has dominated the news cycle in recent weeks due to speculation he’s about to be indicted in New York. 

‘The rumor that Trump is going to be indicted by the district attorney in Manhattan has helped him quite a bit among Republican primary voters,’ Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the poll with Democrat Chris Anderson, told Fox News. 

‘They view the case as politically motivated and it reanimates feelings that Trump is still fighting forces they see as corrupt and out of control.’ 

Trump leads by 30 points in a new Fox News poll

Ron DeSantis has not formally announced he'll run for president

Donald Trump (left)  leads Ron DeSantis (right) 54% to 24% in new Fox News poll – up 30 points from a month ago

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg impaneled a grand jury earlier this month in the hope of indicting Trump on campaign finance violations. 

The jurors have been tasked with considering whether Trump broke the law when his attorney Michael Cohen gave $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about claims she had slept with Trump in 2016. 

Trump denied the affair and any wrong doing. 

On Wednesday it was announced the jury will not hear any evidence in the case for a month largely due to a previously scheduled hiatus.

In a Truth Social video, Trump said Bragg’s move was an attempt by Democrats to interfere in the election.

‘Election interference through prosecutors is the new ballot stuffing for the Democrat party. It’s bad, it’s dangerous, it’s third world and this is the way they’re going to do it.  They are a disgrace to our nation,’ he said. 

The former president has repeatedly railed against the justice system, claiming it is being weaponized against him as Democrats try to help Joe Biden win another term in the Oval Office. 

Other Republicans have supported that claim.

Pence said the latest delay is further proof that the prosecution is politically-motivated. 

‘I expressed concern about what appeared to be a political prosecution taking place in New York and I continue to hope that the Manhattan DA will think better about it,’ he told DailyMail.com during his trip to Iowa on Wednesday.

Speaking to DailyMail.com in Iowa, former Vice President Mike Pence said the latest delay is further proof that the prosecution is politically-motivated

Speaking to DailyMail.com in Iowa, former Vice President Mike Pence said the latest delay is further proof that the prosecution is politically-motivated

‘The reality is that millions of Americans believe that we have a two-tiered system of justice in this country. 

‘One that applies to Democrats and one that applies to Republicans. 

‘And I think that equal justice before the law that every American deserves and my hope is that’ll be reflected in decisions that are made going forward.’ 

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the grand jury going home could send a signal that Bragg could be rethinking his posture.

‘I do think the fact that the grand jury has been sent home is indication that numerous Democrats, potentially even including Bragg, are getting cold feet,’ Cruz told DailyMail.com. ‘They’re realizing that they overreached and this was a mistake. Now, I don’t know if his partisan hatred is so great that he’s not capable of stopping. But the delay is a good sign for the rule of law,’ he said.

‘The substance of the case is utter garbage,’ Cruz continued. ‘It’s baseless and frivolous. It’s a political persecution and ironically enough, the fact that this left-wing Democrat is pursuing it has already proven to be a significant political benefit for Donald Trump.’

NYPD staff remove barricades from the court house where a grand jury had been deliberating charges against Donald Trump

NYPD staff remove barricades from the court house where a grand jury had been deliberating charges against Donald Trump

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for his handling of the case. Many say it has no legs and is driven by his own political hatred of Trump

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for his handling of the case. Many say it has no legs and is driven by his own political hatred of Trump

There is no official deadline for an indictment to drop.

But recently prosecutors offered Trump the chance to testify before the pnale, which is usually one of the final steps of criminal investigation.

Trump declined and set off a frenzy when he posted on his Truth Social page that an indictment was coming last Tuesday – which did not happen. 

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