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Ramaswamy Gains Momentum Amidst Strong Backing, yet Competitors Anticipate an Opportunity to Strike

Publish – 19 aug , 2023

Vivek Ramaswamy’s Campaign Trajectory Shifts: Emerging from the Shadows to the Forefront

Throughout the preceding months, Vivek Ramaswamy has traversed the initial primary states of the 2024 presidential election cycle, captivating sizeable audiences with his unconventional proposals and a flair for media attention. However, his endeavors garnered limited serious notice from fellow Republican contenders.

Yet, in a recent turn of events — buoyed by an upswing in poll numbers and the disclosure of a strategic debate memo from supporters of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — Ramaswamy finds himself at a pivotal juncture, just ahead of the inaugural Republican primary debate scheduled for next week.

The resilience of the Ramaswamy surge will now be subject to scrutiny by rival aspirants who are averse to witnessing a political neophyte ascend as a viable alternative to Donald J. Trump, the leading contender whose legal predicaments have been mounting.

Poll figures during this phase of a primary campaign can be capricious, yet in the context of polling averages, Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur and author, has solidified his hold on third place. His position trails behind Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, the former president currently grappling with four criminal indictments.

More significantly, Ramaswamy’s national polling statistics are on an upward trajectory as DeSantis’s popularity wanes, positioning him as a close second to the contender often touted as the most formidable adversary to Trump. According to a recent Fox News poll, support for Ramaswamy has more than doubled since the previous survey, reaching 11 percent. In comparison, DeSantis secured 16 percent, while Trump maintained a lead at 53 percent. Ramaswamy effectively narrowed the margin between himself and DeSantis from 17 percentage points to a mere 5, highlighting his accelerating momentum.

Ramaswamy Gains Momentum Amidst Strong Backing, yet Competitors Anticipate an Opportunity to Strike
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Ramaswamy Gains Momentum Amidst Strong Backing, yet Competitors Anticipate an Opportunity to Strike

“Fred Doucette, the state party chairman of New Hampshire and a member of the State House, stated, ‘Regardless of the poll interpretation, those figures stand as a testament themselves,’ in reference to the recent numbers.

While the DeSantis campaign refutes the significance of these numbers, asserting that Mr. DeSantis has weathered a larger barrage of attack ads compared to other contenders and still holds onto the second position.

Bryan Griffin, the press secretary for the DeSantis campaign, asserted, ‘This primary essentially narrows down to a duel between two candidates,’ adding, ‘Only Ron DeSantis holds the ability to overcome Joe Biden.’

However, documents recently unveiled by Axiom Strategies, a firm owned by Jeff Roe, the chief strategist of the DeSantis super PAC named Never Back Down, paint a different picture. These documents unmistakably indicate that Mr. Ramaswamy is perceived as a genuine threat. The memos meticulously outline Mr. Ramaswamy’s strategic attacks on Mr. DeSantis, highlighting his vulnerabilities as he gains prominence.

Several of these attack lines delve into his history, including his endorsement of “considerable” inheritance taxes with robust enforcement in his 2022 book, a 2018 business partnership with a Chinese state-owned enterprise, and his standpoints on economics and social issues, which no longer align with the preferences of the majority of Republican voters. These positions encompass free trade and transgender rights. Additionally, his past business ventures, which amassed him wealth but left others financially strained, are beginning to attract attention.

Furthermore, there are more recent vulnerabilities. Mr. Ramaswamy raised eyebrows this week by revealing to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that in a Ramaswamy presidency, the U.S. would provide military defense for Taiwan against Chinese aggression, albeit ‘only until 2028,’ when the U.S. would be less reliant on Taiwan’s semiconductor production.

It’s customary for political newcomers to experience moments of prominence early in primary campaigns. In the 2012 Republican primary cycle, former Representative Michele Bachmann engaged in polling lead exchanges with pizza executive Herman Cain before Republican voters ultimately settled on the perceived safer choice, Mitt Romney.

 

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