Former President Donald Trump handily received the straw ballot on the Conservative Political Motion Convention on Sunday as attendees mentioned they might overwhelmingly prefer to see him run for an additional time period within the White Home in 2024.
The ballot, a hypothetical survey asking respondents who they might vote for within the Republican main if it have been held at the moment, noticed Trump win 70% of the votes. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) got here in second with 21% of the votes. A smattering of different contenders all garnered about 1% every, together with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
Former Vice President Mike Pence obtained zero p.c of the votes.
“I need to personally thank each one in every of you on your unimaginable assist,” Trump mentioned later that night as he spoke on the convention, which was held in Dallas.
The CPAC conference is an annual gathering of main conservatives and has heartily embraced Trump since his election in 2016. The conference’s straw ballot doesn’t immediately correlate to broader assist for candidates among the many normal public, though different polls have proven sturdy assist for the previous president in future elections.
The outcomes, nevertheless, are ongoing proof that Republicans are sticking by the previous president in addition to his lasting maintain over the celebration, regardless of his ongoing authorized woes and perpetual lies concerning the 2020 election that noticed him lose to Joe Biden by greater than seven million votes.
The previous president additionally received CPAC’s straw ballot earlier this 12 months, though his margin was smaller on the time with simply 55% of votes.
It’s unclear if Trump will run once more, however he informed Fox Information host Sean Hannity earlier this month that he had personally decided however wouldn’t inform the general public simply but. He did say that he would take into account including DeSantis to his ticket relatively than Pence.
The CPAC ballot discovered that if the previous president doesn’t run, DeSantis held the commanding lead have been the race held at the moment. 68% of respondents mentioned they might vote for him.
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