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National polls show that, in a hypothetical matchup for the 2024 presidential election, Nikki Haley was favored over President Joe Biden by 2 to 6 percentage points.

Haley, 51, is a candidate for the Republican nomination. She is a former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina governor.

During a Sept. 26, 2023, interview in Madison, former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said that a week after the first Republican presidential debate, Haley surpassed Biden in the polls.

The first debate was Aug. 23 in Milwaukee.

Here are the polls, the dates the polling was done and the results:

NBC News, Sept. 15-19: Haley led Biden 46% to 41% among registered voters.

Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll, Sept. 12-14: Haley led 41% to 37% (registered voters).

Fox News, Sept. 9-12: Haley led 45% to 43% (registered voters).

CNN, Aug. 25-31: Haley led 49% to 43% among adults 18 and over.

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for Milwaukee Magazine and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.