August 20 , 2023 - The first debate for the 2024 Republican party presidential nomination is to be held this Wednesday. Former President Donald Trump has stated that he will not be attending. He has good reason for that considering the massive lead be now hold in the race.
A just released poll shows Trump with 62% of those polled. His next closest competitor is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 17%. Of the remaining candidates in the race DeSantis and Trump are the only ones to poll in double digits.
In third place is Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy with 7% followed by former Vice President Mike Pence with 5%. At 3% of those polled is Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Registering 2% are Former Ambassador Nikki Haley and Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
At 1% each are North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
July 12 , 2023 - Political pundits may say that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has no possibility of being elected president. This is based on the fact that an average of recent polls for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination shows Kennedy with 14% while President Joe Biden is far out in front with 64%.
But what if the number of campaign buttons a candidate sells counted as votes? Who leads the race in campaign button sales is it Joe Biden , Donald Trump or maybe Ron DeSantis? The answer is that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sells far more campaign buttons than any Democrat or Republican by a wide margin.
We looked at all our sales on eBay for two months from May 6 , 2023 through July 5 , 2023. During that time customers purchased 68 RFK Jr. campaign buttons while Biden sold just 1 and Trump 5. The table below shows the sales strength of RFK Jr.
Campaign Buttons Sales 5/6/2023 - 7/5/2023
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - 68
Tim Scott - 10
Ron DeSantis - 8
Larry Elder - 7
Cornel West - 7
Marianne Williamson - 6
Donald Trump - 5
Vivek Ramaswamy - 5
Doug Burgum - 4
Asa Hutchinson - 4
Nikki Haley - 4
Francis Suarez - 4
Chris Christie - 3
Joe Biden - 1
Mike Pence - 1
RFK Jr. probably dominates campaign button sales because of the tremendous nostalgia that the Kennedy name generates. Having an uncle , President John F. Kennedy , and a father , U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy , who are both Democratic party icons , goes a long way in attracting attention from voters and the media. In addition to the Kennedy name , he has instant ID recognition from his initials alone.
There was a time in American politics when a candidate could be known by just three letters. Franklin D. Roosevelt was FDR , John F. Kennedy was JFK , Lyndon B. Johnson was LBJ , and even Hubert H. Humphrey was HHH. During his political career , Robert F. Kennedy's farther was often referred to as RFK. Kennedy Jr. as he embarks on his bid for The White House has the use of both a famous name and a famous set of initials.
While Robert F. Kennedy Jr. dominates campaign button sales , what is the reason for such low numbers for Biden and Trump? While both are expected to win their respective parties' nomination the demand for Biden or Trump campaign buttons is low. One explanation is that they have been around for a long time. Biden was elected a U.S. Senator in 1972 and has run for president four times , in 1988 , 2008 , 2020 and 2024. Trump has been a well known public figure since the early 1980's and the 2024 election marks his third presidential race in a row after 2016 and 2020. Any newness they may have once had has long since passed. Polling has shown that voters are not thrilled with the prospect of a Biden vs. Trump rematch , which has apparently translated into campaign button sales fatigue for them both.
While Robert F. Kennedy Jr. campaign buttons are far and away outselling the other candidates , the coming months will determine if RFK Jr. can turn those sales figures into actual votes.
June 23 , 2023 - The latest poll out on the race for the 2024 Republican Party nomination finds little has changed as former President Donald Trump continues to maintain a big lead over his rivals. With the first GOP presidential debate scheduled for August 23 , 2023 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , Trump finds himself receiving 51% of those polled.
In second place , is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 22%. DeSantis is the only GOP candidate other than Trump to score in double digits in the poll.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is in third place with 7% , followed by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 5%.
In fifth place is former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley with 4%. Tied at 3% each is U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is the last candidate to register any kind of support with 2%.
May 12 , 2023 - With summer approaching and the Republican race for the GOP presidential nomination heating up , former President Donald Trump finds himself with a substantial lead against all potential challengers. Trump scores the support of 60% against 19% for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. While DeSantis is not officially in the race he is expected to enter the field in the coming weeks.
At 5% is former Vice President Mike Pence. While Pence keeps up a steady schedule of traveling around the country meeting Republican voters he has yet to formally announce a White House bid. Pence has said that by the end of June he will make a announcement one way or another.
Also with 5% and officially in the race is Vivek Ramaswamy a first time candidate for political office. Ramaswamy is a businessman and entrepreneur.
In 5th place with 3% is former South Carolina Governor and United Nation Ambassador Nikki Haley. As South Carolina is one of the first primary states it will be interesting to see what kind of support that Haley can generate in her home state. At 2% is former Wyoming U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
Rounding out the field all at 1% each is Texas Governor Greg Abbott , South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem , U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Not mentioned in the poll was announced officially announced presidential candidates radio talk show host Larry Elder and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
May 6 , 2023 - With President Joe Biden having recently announced his 2024 re- election bid , latest polling shows him with a wide lead against his so far two challengers for the Democratic nomination.
With 62% of those polled Biden is far ahead of his closest challenger , Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with 19%. For Kennedy , the son of Democratic Party icon the late United States Robert F. Kennedy of New York , this marks his first time officially running for political office. Still with 19% of those polled , Kennedy a long time environmental lawyer and activist , is off to a surprising start against a sitting president.
In third place is author and activist , Marianne Williamson with 9%. This is Williamson's second White House race as she also ran in 2020. If elected , Williamson would become the first woman president in the history of the United States.