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DALLAS – Former President Donald Trump convincingly won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) three-day gathering in Texas
Trump, who has repeatedly teased making another presidential bid in 2024 to try to return to the White House, captured 69% of the ballots cast in the anonymous online straw poll, according to results released by CPAC on Saturday.
That support for the former presidentwho remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party and continues to play a kingmaker role in the GOP primaries, is up from his 59% in the anonymous online straw poll at the CPAC gathering in Orlando, Florida in February.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second on the 2024 presidential nomination issue with 24%, down from his 28% showing at CPAC in Orlando five months ago.
DeSantis has seen his popularity rise among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past two and a half years, thanks in large part to his relentless pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as his aggressive actions in the culture wars.
While DeSantis has repeatedly denied talk of a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, political pundits view him as a potential White House contender.
The results of the CPAC Texas straw polls were released just before the confab’s keynote speech by Trump. DeSantis, who appeared at the Orlando conference earlier this year, did not attend the Texas gathering.
Late. Ted Cruz of Texas, who spoke Friday at the convention, got 2% support on the straw ballot. No one else among the 21 names on the ballot topped one percent.
“President Trump remains the most dominant force in American politics, and as yet another poll shows, that’s a reality that will drive the growth and success of the Republican Party through the midterms and beyond,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News after the results. was released.
The 2024 straw poll also included another list without Trump. His name was replaced by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
DeSantis topped the second ballot in 2024 with 65%. Donald Trump Jr. received 8% support, with Cruz at 6% and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 5%. No one else topped two percent on the second ballot question.
The former president’s strong performance on the unscientific survey comes as no surprise. CPAC, long the largest and most influential gathering of conservative leaders and activists, has become a Trumpfest since his 2016 presidential victory.
In a separate question asking who CPAC attendees would like to see as Trump’s running mate in 2024 if he launches a campaign, DeSantis had 43% support, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at 9% and Pompeo at 7%.
No one else topped four percent on the ballot question.
Voting for the CPAC Texas straw poll was open only to confab attendees, and voting was again conducted through the CPAC app.
Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, said “there is an unbreakable bond between President Tump and the conservative movement. He simply did the things he promised to do, and for that they are grateful.”
Veteran Republican Jim McLaughlin told Fox News that the CPAC straw ballot is “the ultimate barometer of what’s going on in the conservative movement.”
McLaughlin and Associates, which conducted polls for Trump’s successful 2016 election and failed 2020 re-election bid, again oversaw the CPAC straw poll.
McLaughlin, who has attended CPAC for decades, said that “just like in the old days when Ronald Reagan defined and set the tone for the conservative movement, it’s the same right now with Donald Trump.”