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DALLAS – Former President Donald Trump convincingly won the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas.
Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed another presidential bid in 2024 to try to return to the White House, received 69% of the vote cast in the anonymous online poll, according to results announced by the CPAC on Saturday.
Support for the former president, who remains the GOP’s most popular and influential politician and continues to play a kingmaker in the GOP primaries, is higher than the 59% he showed in an anonymous online poll at the CPAC rally in Orlando, Florida in February.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ranked second in the 2024 presidential nomination question, at 24%, down from the 28% he offered at the CPAC in Orlando five months ago.
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DeSantis has seen his popularity rise among Republican voters in his state and across the country over the past two and a half years, thanks in large part to his continued opposition to COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as his aggressive actions in the United States. Culture wars.
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While DeSantis has repeatedly avoided talking about the prospect of the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination, political experts view him as a potential contender in the White House.
The results of the CPAC poll in Texas were released ahead of Trump’s keynote speech. DeSantis, who appeared at the Orlando conference earlier this year, did not attend the Texas meeting.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, speaking Friday at the convention, had 2% support on the straw ballot. Of the 21 names on the ballot, no one else topped 1 per cent.
“President Trump remains the dominant force in American politics, and as another poll shows, it is a fact that will drive the growth and success of the Republican Party through the midterm and beyond,” Trump spokesman Taylor Bowdwich told Fox News after the results. Released.
The 2024 poll also included a second list without Trump. His name was replaced by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
DeSantis topped the second 2024 poll with 65%. Donald Trump Jr. has 8% support, Cruz 6%, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 5%. No one else topped the two percent in the second poll question.
The former president’s strong performance in the unscientific poll was not surprising. The CPAC, the largest and most influential gathering of conservative leaders and activists, has become Trump’s fest since his victory in the 2016 presidential election.
On a separate question about who CPAC attendees would like to see Vice-Trump in the election in 2024 if he launches a campaign, DeSantis has support of 43%, with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem at 9% and Pompeo at 7%.
No one else topped four percent in the nomination question on the ballot.
Voting on the Texas CPAC ballot was open only to conference attendees, with voting again being conducted through the CPAC app.
Matt Schlapp, president of the Conservative Federation of America, which runs CPAC, said, “There is an unbreakable bond between President Tomb and the conservative movement. He simply did the things he promised to do and for that they are grateful for that.”
Jim McLaughlin, a veteran Republican pollster, told Fox News that the CPAC ballot is “the ultimate barometer of what’s happening in the conservative movement.”
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McLaughlin & Co., who conducted polls for Trump’s successful 2016 election and his unsuccessful 2020 re-election bid, once again oversaw the CPAC referendum.
“Just as it was in the old days when Ronald Reagan set the tone and was setting the tone for the conservative movement, it’s the same now with Donald Trump,” said McLaughlin, who has been attending CPAC for decades.