Trump dominates the CPAC presidential straw poll

Written by Javed Iqbal

Former President Donald Trump handily won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s 2024 straw poll, indicating he remains Republican activists’ first choice for the party’s presidential nominee.

The final numbers, released Saturday at the conference in Dallas, showed Trump ahead with 69% support.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) followed in third place with 2% — a dozen other candidates, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Florida Sen. Rick Scott all received 1 % or less.

CPAC straw poll
The results of the straw poll show that Trump is the CPAC attendees’ choice for 2024.
Results of the CPAC straw poll are shown showing that participants think Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should be the 2024 Republican vice presidential nominee at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., August 6, 2022. REUTERS/ Brian Snyder
The results of the CPAC straw poll on Trump’s running mate.
Donald Trump
Almost everyone in attendance approved of Trump’s job as president.
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Trump MAGA merch at CPAC
Trump has routinely dominated CPAC straw polls since leaving office.
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A whopping 99% of conference attendees said they endorsed Trump’s job as president.

DeSantis — who did not attend the Dallas conservative confab — was the odds-on favorite among CPAC attendees should Trump decline to seek the nomination, and a large number of attendees also said he would be the best choice to run as a potential vice president for Trump.

Ron DeSantis
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%.

The results show that despite being banned from Twitter and disappearing from national headlines, the former president would remain the odds-on favorite to win the nomination in November if he decides to run.

Trump has routinely dominated CPAC straw polls since leaving the office and Saturday’s results follow previous studies.

“No Republican can stop Trump from the nomination; no Democrat can stop Trump from the presidency,” former White House adviser Steve Bannon told The Post.

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