A consultant near Philadelphia in his 50s told me he’s a registered Republican who “thinks of myself more as a centrist or independent.” He also prefers Haley.
“She’s smart and conservative without being too right to be a uniter. She combines the chief executive experience as a governor with international expertise from her time as ambassador,” he argued. I mentioned Haley’s anemic poll numbers
, to which he replied, “If not Haley, anyone but Trump, DeSantis, or Pence, who are all dangerous and reckless in their own ways and will further divide a country.”
A young blue-collar man in Bedford said he’s still behind Trump, but “I also like DeSantis, and it’s possible Trump’s chaos may push me toward” the Florida governor.
Finally, speaking to a mid-40s government worker near Lancaster, he first bemoaned Oz’s loss last autumn, claiming “Oz was a fake Pennsylvanian. Nobody was interested in his snake oil.”