Nikki Haley hailed for Iowa surge, but Trump still dominant

Nikki Haley’s positive press is on the rise, along with her polling numbers. There had already been a spate of ‘Haley’s Moment’ stories, but the gold-standard poll in Iowa is fueling another round. The former U.N. ambassador has jumped to 16%, up from 6% in the new Des Moines Register survey, which ties her with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is down three points among likely caucus-goers and has already been the subject of premature political obits.

Consider this: 47% of Trump supporters say they’re extremely enthusiastic about their man, more than twice as many say that about Haley and nearly twice the level of enthusiasm for DeSantis. It’s not all bad news for DeSantis, though. Some 27% say he’s their second choice, and another 25% are actively considering him. Although so much depends on who turns out for caucuses on a cold January night, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Haley is now more competitive in a race for second place.

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