Former President Trump won a comfortable majority of votes in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, maintaining his position as the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Organizers announced at the CPAC convention in Texas that Trump won 69% of the vote, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) with 24%. Trump has widened his lead since the last mock CPAC poll in February, when he received support from 59% of voting participants compared to 28% for DeSantis.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came in third place with 2%, while the other picks received 1% support or less.
In a hypothetical poll without Trump in the race, DeSantis held the lead with 65%. Donald Trump Jr. came in second place with 8%, Cruz came in third with 6%, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came in fourth with 5%.
Although DeSantis has drawn attention as a possible alternative to Trump as the 2024 GOP nominee, Trump has consistently topped CPAC’s informal polls since leaving office last year.
Trump won the mock poll taken at CPAC in February 2021, about a month after his term ended, with 55% of the vote, followed by DeSantis with 21%. He received 70% support in the mock poll taken at a second CPAC convention last July.
DeSantis remained the regular second runner-up in the meantime, but was unable to surpass 30% support.
DeSantis led among potential choices to be the running mate with 43%, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) with 9% and Pompeo at 7%.
Trump’s approval rating among CPAC attendees hit 99%, up two points from February. Nine in 10 said they strongly approved of Trump’s performance as president.
More than 60% of voters cited electoral integrity as the most important issue, a sign of Trump’s influence over the party as he continues to claim without proof that voter fraud cost him his re-election in the election. 2020 presidential election.
More than half of voters cited building a border wall and immigration as one of the most important issues, while about 30% cited energy independence and constitutional rights, respectively.
The results also showed that CPAC attendees generally do not expect President Biden or Vice President Harris to be the Democratic nominees in 2024.
A 37% majority believe California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) will be the Democratic nominee, while 16% expect former first lady Michelle Obama. Biden was chosen by 8%, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Harris was chosen by 4 percent.