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image description Presidential Tracking Poll, May Edition

We decided to table these until things settled down a bit more, but we want to have one per month for the 6 months leading up to the election. So, the presidential tracking poll makes its triumphant return today, and tomorrow the Senate tracking poll will be back.

To start with, here is our baseline, established over the first half of the year: 86.9% of readers think Joe Biden will be elected president, while 8.8% think Donald Trump will be. None of the other candidates we offered as possibilities got more than 0.25% of the vote. We shall see how those numbers change over the next month.

We also asked two other questions. The first was "Who is Donald Trump going to choose as his running mate?" The top 10 finishers:

Candidate Pct.
Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) 27.2%
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) 20.0%
Kari Lake 10.5%
Other 9.5%
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) 8.0%
Nikki Haley 5.9%
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) 5.5%
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) 4.9%
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 3.5%
Vivek Ramaswamy 3.0%

The most popular "other" choice was Tucker Carlson. Others who did not make our list but who were suggested multiple times: Ivanka Trump, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR), Mark Meadows and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). We are going to run this question again, since it's surely going to generate different results post caninicide. Plus, we can add the suggested candidates who did not make the cut the first time.

For the third, "free response" question, we asked: "What song should Joe Biden choose as his 2024 campaign theme song? (And why?)" Here are some of the more popular (or more interesting) responses:

This month, the "free response" question is: "What single event or development would be most likely to harm Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected?"

To vote in the new presidential tracking poll, go here. Results to be revealed next month! (Z)

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