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With DeSantis out of the race, who will Utah republicans vote for?

Jan 23, 2024, 9:00 AM

Uncertainty among Utah republicans as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis exits the 2024 Presidential Race. D...

FILE: Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a meet and greet, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

SALT LAKE CITY — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race, leaving some Utah Republicans in a state of uncertainty. DeSantis had gained significant support among Utah Republicans and was seen as a strong contender in the state.

DeSantis got a lot of support during the Republican convention in Utah, where he nearly doubled former President Donald Trump in a straw poll. With 54% of the 2300 Republicans favoring DeSantis compared to 29% for Trump.

Now that DeSantis has dropped out of the race, attention turns to Nikki Haley who has seen growing support.

Robert Axson, chair of the Utah Republican Party, remains confident in the Utah Republican Party’s process, assuring that voters will have their say on March 5th during the caucus night and that they will, “stick with [their] nominee. Whoever it ends up being,” to face off against President Joe Biden. 

Axson said, ” The last four years have been anything but smooth sailing for the American public and certainly not here in Utah. We’ve we’ve certainly weathered the storm.”

“I think the American public are ready for a return to some of the ideas and principles that the Republican party has articulated in the past.” Axson said.

Related:

DeSantis ends 2024 presidential campaign and endorses Trump

What DeSantis told the Utah GOP about the 2024 election

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With DeSantis out of the race, who will Utah republicans vote for?