This weekend in Florida, former President Donald Trump easily won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Trump received 59 percent of the votes cast in the anonymous online straw poll, according to data released by CPAC on Sunday afternoon.
Trump, who has frequently hinted at a presidential candidacy in 2024 to try to reclaim the White House, received 59 percent of the votes cast in the anonymous online straw poll.
The previous president, who is still the most popular and influential figure in the Republican Party and continues to be a very important player for the GOP primaries, received 55% support in the CPAC Orlando straw poll a year ago.
Trump received 70% approval in a 2024 straw poll conducted last July at CPAC in Dallas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finished in second, with 28 percent, up from 21 percent in both CPAC straw polls last year.
None of the other 19 candidates on the ballot received more than 2% of the vote.
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Trump’s strong showing in the informal poll comes as no surprise. CPAC, long the largest and most powerful conservative conference, has turned into a Trump-fest since his 2016 presidential election triumph.
DeSantis, a first-term governor who skyrocketed in popularity among conservatives around the country for his opposition to lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak, handily won a second 2024 ballot question — even without Trump on the ballot.
On the issue, DeSantis received 61 percent support, with two-thirds of Trump supporters from the first question supporting the Florida governor.