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Neither Trump nor Biden? Polls show where voters stand in support of top 2024 presidential contenders

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Several early polls reveal that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the 2024 presidential candidate most GOP voters want, while Americans would like to see someone other than President Biden as the Democratic nominee next cycle.

According to a recent Marquette Law School poll, 63% of voters would rather see DeSantis as the GOP pick over former President Trump, who received only 36% support in the survey.

Among Republican-identifying respondents, DeSantis — who has not said he is interested in running for president in 2024 — secured a 10-point lead over the former president, gaining 55% support over 45% for Trump. The Marquette Law School survey was conducted from Nov. 15-22, with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

Another 2024 survey, conducted by The Marist Poll, found that 52% of Republicans believe the GOP has the best chance of winning the next presidential election if a candidate other than Trump, who announced his 2024 candidacy in mid-Novemner, was on the general election ballot. About 46% of Democrats think their party’s best chances as remaining in power would be with a nominee other than Biden.

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President Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

President Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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A November Marist poll showed an increasing number of voters who want a Democratic nominee other than Biden in 2024. About 54% of respondents said they would like a Democratic candidate other than Biden in 2024, up 10-points from an October Marist poll that revealed 44% would not want Biden to as the nominee.

The Marist survey was conducted form Nov. 14-16. The margin of error among Democrat and Democratic-leaning independents sits at plus or minus 6.5 percentage points, while the margin of error for Republicans and Republican-leaning independents came to 6.9 percentage points.

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A Quinnipiac University poll found that 43% of voters would like to see DeSantis as the Republican nominee, while only 29% are rooting for Trump to represent the party in 2024. Republican voters were evenly split between the two candidates, 44% to 44%, between who they would like to see win the GOP primary next cycle.

After Trump announced he will make a third bid for the presidency, 57% of adults in the poll said it was a bad move from the former president, while 34% support the decision. 

Despite 68% of Americans saying Biden should not seek re-election, the poll found that voters have a higher favorable opinion of the Democrat than of rumored 2024 opponent Vice President Kamala Harris, 38% to 28%. The Quinnipiac University poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points and was conducted from Nov. 16-20. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not announced if he will run for president in 2024.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not announced if he will run for president in 2024.
(Octavio Jones)

A Fox News poll found that the majority of registered voters, 54%, would vote for a candidate other than Biden in 2024, while 33% would seek to re-elect the president. The Fox News poll was conducted Oct. 9-12, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

A July poll from Suffolk University asking voters who they would rather see run for president in place of Biden, found Vice President Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., were tied for first place, both receiving 18% support. About 16% said they would like to see Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg run next cycle.

Former President Trump announced in November he is running for president again in 2024.

Former President Trump announced in November he is running for president again in 2024.
(Andrew Harnik)

Among other top Democratic contenders for the 2024 presidential election, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., received 11% support and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was the choice candidate for 10% of voters, and Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif, secured 8% support. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also received 8% support for another White House bid in the summer poll.

The Suffolk poll was conducted from July 22-25, 2022, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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Neither Biden nor DeSantis have announced a bid for the presidency.

Fox News’ Victoria Balara contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/polls-show-where-voters-stand-support-top-2024-presidential-contenders-polls

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Utah governor signs gender-affirming health care ban, school choice bills into law

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox on Saturday signed a bill banning gender-affirming surgery on minors who have not been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. 

The state’s Republican-dominated Legislature prioritized the ban and considered a first draft of the measure less than 10 days ago, two days after the Legislature opened this year’s session Jan. 17. Gov. Cox signed it a day after the Legislature sent it to his desk. 

FILE: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during an interview at the Utah State Capitol on March 4, 2022, in Salt Lake City. 

FILE: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during an interview at the Utah State Capitol on March 4, 2022, in Salt Lake City. 
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The governor said it was important to pause “these permanent and life-altering treatments for new patients until more and better research can help determine the long-term consequences.”

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“While we understand our words will be of little comfort to those who disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we can treat our transgender families with more love and respect as we work to better understand the science and consequences behind these procedures,” he said.

Among the critics is the ACLU of Utah, which on Friday urged Cox to veto the bill.

In a letter to Cox, the civil rights organization said it was deeply concerned about “the damaging and potentially catastrophic effects this law will have on people’s lives and medical care and the grave violations of people’s constitutional rights it will cause.

“By cutting off medical treatment supported by every major medical association in the United States, the bill compromises the health and well-being of adolescents with gender dysphoria. It ties the hands of doctors and parents by restricting access to the only evidence-based treatment available for this serious medical condition and impedes their ability to fulfill their professional obligations,” the letter said.

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The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Mike Kennedy, a Republican family doctor has said government overnight is necessary for vital health care policy related to gender and youth. 

People gather in support of transgender youth during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake City. 

People gather in support of transgender youth during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake City. 
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

“Legislation that impacts our most vulnerable youth requires careful consideration and deliberation. While not a perfect bill, we are grateful for Sen. Kennedy’s more nuanced and thoughtful approach to this terribly divisive issue,” Cox said in a statement. 

“More and more experts, states and countries around the world are pausing these permanent and life-altering treatments for new patients until more and better research can help determine the long-term consequences.”

Utah’s bill comes as lawmakers in at least 18 states consider similar bills targeting health care for young transgender people.

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Cox also signed another measure that would give students school-choice style scholarships to attend schools outside the public education system. The bill also increased teacher pay and benefits in an effort to ease the state’s teacher shortage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Poll shows 0% of Black voters had ‘poor’ voting experience in November despite Biden claim of ‘Jim Crow 2.0’

A new poll shows 0% of Georgia’s Black voters had a “poor” experience casting a ballot in the midterm elections in November, the first since new voting laws took hold in the Peach State.

The results of the University of Georgia poll and high turnout proved voters saw “through the lies” despite claims from Democrats and the White House that said the new law represents “Jim Crow 2.0,” Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Fox News Digital.

“Partisan critics of Georgia’s elections described our processes and security measures as ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ designed to ‘suppress’ voters and ‘subvert’ elections,” Raffensperger said in a statement this week. 

“But record-breaking midterm voter turnout, minimal voter wait times and an overwhelming majority of voters approving of how our election went prove that Georgia voters see through those lies. They know that Georgia elections are safe, secure and accessible to every legal voter.”  

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President Joe Biden and a Georgia primary voter

President Joe Biden and a Georgia primary voter
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The poll showed 0% of Black respondents felt their voting experience was “poor” during the last election. Just over 72% of Black voters polled said the experience was “excellent” and 23.6% said the experience was “good.”

Additionally, almost 99% of voters said they had no issues casting a ballot and 95.3% of voters said they waited less than 30 minutes.

According to the poll, which was answered by 1,253 Georgia residents who say they voted, 84.1% of Black voters said they strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that it is “easy to cast a ballot in the state of Georgia” compared to 15.9% who disagreed or didn’t know.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks to the Buckhead Young Republicans, on May 19, 2022, in Atlanta.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks to the Buckhead Young Republicans, on May 19, 2022, in Atlanta.
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Georgia voter turnout has continued to shatter records despite the 2021 legislation that Democrats, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and President Biden, insisted would make it harder for Black residents to vote.

In a March 2021 statement, Biden referred to the Georgia legislation as an “attack on the right to vote” containing provisions that “effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters.”

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Georgia officials insist the new voting law makes elections more secure with various safeguards, while also citing record turnout as evidence voter suppression isn't happening.

Georgia officials insist the new voting law makes elections more secure with various safeguards, while also citing record turnout as evidence voter suppression isn’t happening.
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“This is Jim Crow in the 21st century,” Biden said. “It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act.”

Biden’s Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Georgia, saying the new law was “adopted with a racially motivated purpose” that has “no place in democracy today.” 

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Georgia officials have insisted the law makes elections more secure with various voting safeguards, while also citing record turnout as evidence voter suppression isn’t happening.

“When it came time to actually present evidence to support their ridiculous talking points in court, President Biden’s DOJ and their liberal allies failed miserably,” Raffensperger told Fox News Digital in September. “That’s because the common sense election reforms in Georgia’s Election Integrity Act, like photo-ID for all forms of voting, make sense.’

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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Rep. McCaul on Air Force general’s prediction of 2025 war with China: ‘I hope he’s wrong … I think he’s right’

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, weighed in on the prediction from four-star Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, who warned his commanders to prepare for war with China in roughly two years’ time.

Minihan predicted that fighting will come after China takes advantage of the U.S. being preoccupied with the 2024 election to take action against Taiwan, which will be focused on their elections next year as well.

“I hope he’s wrong,” McCaul told “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream. “I think he’s right though, unfortunately.”

McCaul explained that China very much wants “reunification” of Taiwan with mainland China. He said that could come about through influencing the Taiwanese elections in early 2024.

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“But if they don’t win in that one they are going to look at a military invasion, in my judgment. We have to be prepared for this.”

McCaul said “as long as Biden is in office projecting weakness,” there are “very high” odds of this happening. He cited the Biden administration’s failure with the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which he said led to Russia invading Ukraine.

Later in the program, House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., disagreed with McCaul and Minihan’s assessment of possible war with China.

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“I want to be completely clear. It’s not only not inevitable, it’s highly unlikely,” he said.

Smith acknowledged that “anything is possible” and the military should be prepared, said “generals should be very cautious” with what they say and should not be telling the world that the U.S. is going to war with China, most importantly because we’re not.”

The Democrat said that while the U.S. must be able to deter China, he is “very confident” that a military conflict can be avoided.

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NBC News reported Friday that Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command, warned air wing commanders in a memo that his “gut” tells him a conflict with China is coming. 

The general said “a fortified, ready, integrated, and agile Joint Force Maneuver Team ready to fight and win inside the first island chain” needs to be established to prepare for the looming fight, and instructed commanders to report back by Feb. 28 on steps they will take to prepare for the war against China. 

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