As the curtains closed on the fourth Republican presidential debate, NBC News wasted no time gauging the opinions of voters in Georgia. Surprisingly, the overwhelming favorite was not former President Donald Trump, who was notably absent from the discussion.
NBC News Campaign Embed Nnamdi Egwuonwu had the opportunity to speak with four of the 27 voters who had independently organized a straw poll. The results were later shared by NBC’s Meet the Press on Twitter, revealing the voters’ preferences:
– Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley: 1 vote
– Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 1 vote
– Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: 2 votes
– Vivek Ramaswamy: 5 votes
– Trump, despite not being on stage: 18 votes
Egwuonwu seized the chance to delve deeper into the voters’ impressions by speaking to one of them. He asked what moment from the debate had left a lasting impact. The response shed light on the scrutiny faced by Nikki Haley, as she was called out for her warmongering tendencies.
The voter vividly remembered the image of Ramaswamy holding up a notepad that read, “Nikki is Corrupt.” This moment resonated strongly with both the voter and Egwuonwu. However, the excessive focus on Trump, who was absent from the stage yet still dominated the discussion, dissatisfied some voters.
While many GOP voters expressed concerns about Haley’s foreign policy experience, the attention-grabbing tactics employed by Ramaswamy may have stood out but were not universally well-received.
This feedback from Georgia voters showcases the diversity of perspectives within the Republican party and highlights the influence of prominent figures and lesser-known candidates. As the presidential race continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how these dynamics will shape the future of the Republican party.
According to the Thursday Morning Consult and Bloomberg News poll, Biden is lagging behind the former president by an average of 5.28 percentage points in the seven swing states surveyed, namely North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada, Michigan, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
Trump’s most substantial lead over Biden was in North Carolina, where he held an 11-point advantage, followed by a 7-point lead in Georgia.