At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend, President Trump handily won the online straw poll conducted amongst the attendees.
Trump, who has yet to confirm whether he is running for president in 2024, won the straw poll with 59.1 percent of the vote. CPAC announced the anticipated results on Sunday afternoon.
The poll revealed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the runner-up for the nomination, garnering 28.4 percent of the vote. In a scenario where Trump does not run for the nomination, DeSantis took first place with over 60 percent supporting him as their first choice.
Former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Donald Trump Jr, followed in third and fourth place, respectively. None of the other contestants on the ballot received over two percent.
CPAC’s 2021 straw poll has Trump up seven percent from last year’s results.
Similarly, DeSantis was up nearly seven points from last year’s straw poll numbers, as the 2021 CPAC survey previously had him at 21 percent of the vote. Both Trump and DeSantis clearly are the party’s clear favorites for 2024.