ORLANDO, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump, in outcomes introduced Sunday, received the annual Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) straw ballot with 55% of attendees saying they’d vote for him if the 2024 GOP main had been at this time.
Trump acquired 55% of the vote within the ballot during which he was included, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in second place at 21%.
Notably, CPAC is being held in Orlando, Fla., in 2021 because of coronavirus restrictions. Shortly earlier than pollster Jim McLaughlin introduced the straw ballot outcomes, the ballroom erupted in cheers approving of the choice to carry CPAC in Florida.
CPAC additionally took a ballot with out Trump. DeSantis received that ballot with 43% of the vote, adopted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem with 11% and Donald Trump Jr. at 8%.
Trump’s approval ranking within the straw ballot was 97%, with 87% saying they strongly approve of Trump’s job as president. And 68% of individuals at CPAC within the straw ballot mentioned that Trump ought to run for president once more.
The straw ballot is just not a scientific ballot. CPAC offered itself as a pro-Trump gathering forward of time so it’s doubtless that the self-selected crowd is extra pro-Trump than the Republican Get together at giant. There was even a golden statue, which many in comparison with an idol, of the previous president.
American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp additionally mentioned in an interview with Fox Information final week that any Republicans desirous to win the 2024 GOP nomination would must be carefully aligned with Trump.
“Look, you are not going to get the Republican nomination being a never-Trumper,’ Schlapp mentioned. “You are not going to get the Republican nomination when you’re not a robust conservative. So all of that form of courting, it is acceptable that it begins at CPAC.”
Republicans who’ve been extremely important of the previous president carried out very poorly within the CPAC straw ballot. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan acquired 0.1%, whereas Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah acquired 0.3%.
Notably, 95% of those that responded to the CPAC straw ballot mentioned that the GOP ought to proceed with the Trump agenda. Solely 3% mentioned it ought to change course.
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