Former President Donald Trump on Sunday gained the straw ballot of potential Republican 2024 presidential candidates on the Conservative Political Motion Convention, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis coming in second place.
Trump was the best choice of 55 p.c of CPAC attendees, however DeSantis positioned a robust second with 21 p.c assist, probably benefiting from a home-state enhance on the Orlando, Fla. gathering.
The outcomes had been launched earlier than Trump took the stage to present his first prolonged remarks as a former president, in a transfer to cement his management of the Republican Celebration forward of the 2022 midterm elections.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was a distant third within the straw ballot of potential GOP candidates, with 4 p.c assist, adopted by former UN ambassador and ex-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, with 3 p.c.
If Trump chooses to not run in 2024, DeSantis turns into the clear front-runner with 43 p.c assist amongst conservatives who attended the occasion. Noem garnered 11 p.c assist and Donald Trump Jr. received 7 p.c.
A number of others gained assist if Trump was counted out of the race. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) each had 7 p.c assist.
Additionally rising within the outcomes with out Trump had been Fox Information host Tucker Carlson, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and former first daughter Ivanka Trump, every with 3 p.c assist. Former Vice President Mike Pence was the choose of simply 1 p.c.
The straw ballot additionally revealed political priorities of attendees. When requested to establish probably the most urgent political points, 62 p.c mentioned “election integrity” in an echo of Trump’s declare the election was stolen by fraud.
Forty-eight p.c mentioned “constitutional rights” had been an important subject, 35 p.c mentioned immigration and the Mexico border wall, 32 p.c mentioned reopening the US financial system following COVID-19 lockdowns and 26 p.c mentioned the Second Modification.
Different conservative points had been seen as much less urgent. Simply 22 p.c mentioned taxes and authorities spending had been a prime precedence, 20 p.c cited nationwide safety and overseas coverage and 16 p.c recognized abortion rights as among the many most necessary points.