Trump dominates CPAC presidential straw poll

Former President Donald Trump handily won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s 2024 straw poll, indicating he remains the first choice of Republican activists for the party’s presidential nomination.

The final numbers, released Saturday at the conference in Dallas, showed Trump out in front with 69% support.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) followed in third with 2% — a dozen other candidates including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Florida Sen. Rick Scott all received 1% or less.

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The results of the straw poll show Trump is CPAC attendees’ choice for 2024.
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The results of the CPAC straw poll are displayed showing that attendees think Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should be the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2024 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, US, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/ Brian Snyder
The results of the CPAC straw poll on Trump’s running mate.
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Nearly all of the attendees approved of Trump’s job as president.
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Trump has routinely dominated CPAC straw polls since leaving office.
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A whopping 99% of conference attendees said they approved of Trump’s job as president.

DeSantis — who did not attend the conservative confab in Dallas — was the odds-on favorite among CPAC attendees should Trump decline to seek the nomination, with a large majority of attendees also saying he would be the best choice to serve as a potential vice president for Trump.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in a distant second with 24%.
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The results show that despite being banned from Twitter and fading from national headlines, the former president would remain the odds-on favorite to win the nomination in November should he decide to run.

Trump has routinely dominated CPAC straw polls since leaving office and Saturday’s results tracks previous surveys.

“No Republican can stop Trump from the nomination; no Democrat can stop Trump from the presidency,” former White House counsel Steve Bannon told The Post.

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