Christie Will Leave 2024 Race if New Hampshire Performance Slumps

( – Republican presidential primary candidate Chris Christie told the New York Times that he anticipates landing in the top 4 in the New Hampshire primary, and failing that he plans to leave the race. He suggested the state was key in continuing on the path to the presidency.

He told NewsNation’s “CUOMO” that he’s looking for a showing in the “top four” which he believes is “absolutely attainable.” Polling has consistently shown Christie in the top four, with recent polling showing him as the state’s runner-up after Donald Trump.

Trump dominates the field with 49% of the vote according to a recent Emerson College poll. Christie came in second place with 9% while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fell from 17% in March to 8% in this current poll. Those numbers are questionable, however, as the poll itself has a margin of error of 3.4% and only involved 837 registered voters in New Hampshire.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was next up behind Christie and DeSantis with 6% with Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy coming up behind them.

Executive director of Emerson College Polling Spencer Kimball noted that this was the first time in this election cycle that DeSantis had fallen from his second-place position. Christie’s campaign has worked hard in New Hampshire while DeSantis’s campaign is focusing on Iowa which may partially explain the shift.

Trump is still the clear front runner with almost half of the respondents indicating they support him. Thirteen percent of the respondents indicated they haven’t made a decision about who they intend to vote for in the primary.

Real Clear Politics is showing Trump in first place nationally with 56.6% of those polled indicating their support. That’s an average meta-poll too, so they took data from multiple polls and combined it to get that number. Fox News and the Wall Street Journal show Trump getting 60% of respondents’ support.

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