CPAC straw poll reveals who voters want as Trump’s VP

by Alex Caldwell

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With President Trump’s imminent grasp of the 2024 Republican nomination, the looming question surrounding his choice of running mate may have finally been answered.

Nearly 1,500 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees participated in a straw poll late on Saturday, and picked from a slew of candidates who they wanted to see serve as vice president under President Trump.

In a surprise tie, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who previously ran for the Republican nomination before bowing out to endorse Trump, and S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem, each received 15 percent support in the survey for vice president.

Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who exited the Democrat Party in 2022 to become an Independent, came in third with nine percent support, while Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., tied for fourth with eight percent.

Trump also was viewed favorably by 96 percent of the attendees, according to the poll, a one percent increase from last year, and 90 percent said he would do better in his second term in office than during his first four years.

In the race for the 2024 Republican nomination, the president trounced his only primary opponent, former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, by an 89-point landslide, with the governor receiving just five percent support to Trump’s 94 percent.

Haley received even less support in the poll for vice presidential preferences, coming in last with two percent support.

President Trump also won the straw poll in a landslide during CPAC in 2023. The 45th president received a staggering 62 percent support among attendees for their choice in the 2024 Republican primary race, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had not yet entered the race during that point, received 20 percent.

CPAC attendees also revealed who they believed would become the 2024 Democrat nominee if the incumbent Joe Biden ultimately decided against running for reelection.

According to the poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, 47 percent of attendees said the former first lady Michelle Obama would become the Democrat nominee, while 32 percent said it would likely be California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Interestingly, the attendees did not seem to think the incumbent Vice President Kamala Harris had a chance at becoming commander-in-chief, with only six percent thinking she had a shot at winning the nomination.

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