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Trump wins CPAC straw poll with more than two-thirds of the vote

Trump wins CPAC straw poll with more than two-thirds of the vote

Former President Trump won a comfortable majority of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, maintaining his position as the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Organizers announced at the CPAC convention in Texas that Trump won 69 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) at 24 percent. Trump extended his lead from the last CPAC poll in February, when he gained the support of 59 percent of voters in attendance to DeSantis’ 28 percent.

sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came in third with 2 percent, while other picks received 1 percent support or less.

In a hypothetical poll without Trump in the race, DeSantis was in the lead at 65 percent. Donald Trump Jr. came in second with 8 percent, Cruz was third with 6 percent, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was fourth with 5 percent.

Despite DeSantis gaining attention as a possible alternative to Trump as the 2024 GOP nominee, Trump has consistently dominated CPAC’s informal straw polls since he left office last year.

Trump won the straw poll conducted at CPAC in February 2021, about a month after the end of his term, with 55 percent of the vote, followed by DeSantis with 21 percent. He received 70 percent support in the straw poll conducted at a second CPAC convention last July.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has remained the consistent runner-up, but has not been able to surpass the 30 percent support.

DeSantis led among potential picks to be the vice presidential candidate with 43 percent, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) with 9 percent and Pompeo with 7 percent.

Trump’s approval rating among CPAC attendees rose to 99 percent, two points more than in February. Nine out of ten said they strongly approve of Trump’s performance as president.

More than 60 percent of voters cited election integrity as the top issue, a sign of Trump’s influence over the party as he continues to claim without evidence that voter fraud cost him reelection in the 2020 presidential election.

More than half of voters named building a border wall and immigration as top issues, while about 30 percent named energy independence and constitutional rights, respectively.

The results also showed that CPAC participants largely do not expect President Biden or Vice President Harris to be the Democratic nominee in 2024.

A 37 percent majority believe California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) will be the Democratic nominee, while 16 percent expect former first lady Michelle Obama. Biden was elected by 8 percent, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Harris was elected by 4 percent.