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Following indictment, Trump surges ahead of DeSantis in head to head poll

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As the world watches former President Donald Trump appear in a Manhattan court this week, voters are brewing. A new poll conducted after the indictment of Donald Trump found that in a head-to-head primary battle with Ron DeSantis, the former president leads the governor by 33 points. That number is significantly up from just 12 points back in January.

McLaughlin & Associates polled 1,000 likely primary voters following news reports that Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg “planned on indicting the former president for falsifying business records related to a hush-money payment made to a porn star ahead of the 2016 election. Trump will be arraigned on those charges at a courthouse in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon” writes National Review.

In a 2024 general election pitting Trump against President Joe Biden, the former president currently enjoys a four-point margin, a number that “is virtually unchanged from our March 2023 survey,” McLaughlin added.

47 percent believe Trump will not get a fair trial. “McLaughlin found that among the remaining 12 potential Republican nominees, Former vice-president Mike Pence garnered only 6 percent support and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley a scant 4 percent. No other candidate broke the 2 percent threshold.”

The results were virtually identical to a Quinnipiac poll released in mid-March showing that long-shot candidates including former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy failed to even breach the 2 percent bar. National figures who have yet to announce their intentions to run, including Senator Ted Cruz (R., Tex.,) and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, also struggled.

The Quinnipiac poll echoed McLaughlin’s findings that in a one-on-one contest for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump would edge out DeSantis 51 to 40 percent amongst primary voters.

“DeSantis might be the buzz in the GOP conversation, but for now Trump is seeing no erosion and, in fact, enjoys a bump in his lead in the Republican primary,” Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy noted in an official statement following publication of the survey.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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