May 24, 2024

Republican support for former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has doubled in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s hush money indictment, making her the new threat to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and could shake up the 2024 GOP race.

Support for Cheney, at 5% before the indictment news, has surged to 10%, putting the Trump foe and GOP face of the House Jan. 6 committee in a solid third place behind Trump and DeSantis, who has fallen from 32% to 22% in the latest Trafalgar Group survey of Republican voters.

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The poll also confirmed the findings of other surveys following the indictment that GOP support for Trump has grown and solidified.

Trafalgar’s numbers showed that support for Trump winning the GOP primaries has gone from a pre-indictment 43.8% to 56.2%, giving him a huge lead over his competitors.

What’s more, Republicans said they are 74% “more likely” to vote for Trump because of the indictment.

Only Cheney and Trump have seen growth in their 2024 primary support since news broke last week of the indictment.

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Cheney has not declared her candidacy and is widely hated by Trump fans, but she has won support from Republicans who want the party to move past Trump and who blame the former president for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Cheney, once a Trump ally, has been among his harshest critics since the riots, co-chairing the House Jan. 6 committee. She lost her House seat in large part because she angered Trump supporters back home.