The race for the Republican nomination for president is heating up. But some candidates might not be able to handle the fire.
And this Republican candidate is fearing for the end after being dealt awful news.
Former President Donald Trump is comfortably polling in the lead in the Republican Presidential Primary.
He’s also achieved a 76 percent approval rating by Republican voters according to a Morning Consult survey.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sits at 64% and Vivek Ramaswamy is at a 59%.
Further down, former South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, holds a 46% approval rating.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, however, is also at 46% but is showing signs of that number dropping.
“Potential Republican primary voters are only slightly more likely to hold favorable opinions than unfavorable opinions about Pence (46% to 42%)” according to the Morning Consult poll.
“That 4-percentage-point gap between the two figures marks a low point for the former vice president, whose popularity has been on a steady decline since mid-July.”
While Pence doesn’t hold the worst approval rating among his Republican peers, (that belongs to former New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie who has a 26% approval rating), this poll should still be a concern for his chances to secure the Republican nomination.
There’s speculation that the former Vice President’s attempts to distance himself from Donald Trump are causing a decline in his support.
After a Washington, D.C. grand jury indicted Trump for his alleged involvement in January 6, Mike Pence responded by saying, “an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States.”
“The former president is entitled to the presumption of innocence but with this indictment, his candidacy means more talk about January 6th and more distractions,” Pence continued.
Donald Trump responded on Truth Social by attacking his former running mate and calling out his poor poll numbers.
“I never told a newly emboldened (not based on his 2% poll numbers!) Pence to put me above the Constitution, or that Mike was ‘too honest.’ He’s delusional, and now he wants to show he’s a tough guy.”
Not only has Mike Pence called out Trump for his recent indictments, but he also believes that the former President is ditching conservative values for a more populist approach to gain voter support.
It’s a bold strategy by Pence to go after the most popular Republican candidate in the polls currently.
And so far, it’s not looking as though it’s paying off, as Pence’s approval rating is likely to start slipping into the red.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.