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Trump dominates CPAC presidential straw poll

Trump dominates CPAC presidential straw poll

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

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

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%, while Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) followed third 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.

The straw poll results show Trump is the choice of CPAC attendees for 2024.
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The results of the CPAC straw poll show that attendees believe Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should be the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2024 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, US. Aug 6, 2022. REUTERS/ Brian Snyder
The results of the CPAC straw survey on Trump’s running mate.
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Nearly everyone in attendance approved of Trump’s job as president.
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Trump MAGA merchandise at CPAC
Trump has routinely dominated the CPAC straw polls since he left office.
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As many as 99% of conference attendees said they approved of Trump’s job as president.

DeSantis — who did not attend the conservative confab in Dallas — was the favorite among those in attendance at the CPAC should Trump decline to seek the nomination, with many in attendance also saying he would be the best choice to serve as a potential vice president. for Trump.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%.
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The results show that, despite being banned from Twitter and disappearing from national headlines, the former president would remain the top favorite to win the nomination in November, should he decide to run.

Trump has routinely dominated CPAC straw polls since he left office, and Saturday’s results follow previous polls.

“No Republican can stop Trump from being nominated; no Democrat can stop Trump from running for office,” former White House adviser Steve Bannon told The Post.