President Donald Trump is the people’s choice in the Golden State as the 2024 presidential primary election marches closer, a new poll has found.
According to data from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Trump is leading in California by 26 points in a GOP primary election among Republican likely voters. Runner up Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., trailed with 24 percent of the vote against Trump’s 50 percent.
In California, former Vice President Mike Pence netted 6 percent of support and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., netted 5 percent.
Trump’s position as the leading candidate in California among Republican voters is significant as the West Coast state is now poised to change its winner-takes-all delegate system for the 2024 GOP primary.
RSBN previously reported that rather than awarding all 169 delegates to the winner of the GOP primary election in California (more delegates than any other state in the Union), CAGOP has announced that it is scheduled to change to a proportional system.
In other words, as California faces a new and early primary election date in 2024 (March 5), the CAGOP has been forced into compliance with the RNC’s new rules, which call for a proportional delegate award system for primary elections that take place before March 15 in a primary election year.
In effect, this could mean that a candidate like President Trump would only walk away only with delegates won in each individual county in the state.
To win the nomination, a candidate needs to acquire 1,234 delegates in the primary election. Per RSBN, in 2020, President Trump won six million votes in the Golden State, eclipsing the vote counts of the other 49 states.
Previously, President Trump said that he believed California was winnable, arguing that it was a “rigged state” rife with millions of dubious mail-in ballots. He told his son, Donald Trump Jr., earlier this year, “You know, you take California. I think we do much better in California…you know they all say that you lose by, automatically, by millions of votes. I don’t believe that.”