Former President Trump has remained a dominating force within the Republican Party and in the United States in general. Upon his departure from the Washington, Trump has rallied a group of America-First Republicans poised to not only take back majorities in Congress in 2022, but the White House in 2024 as well.
Meanwhile, the Former President has remained vague on whether a 2024 run is in the cards. Trump has ramped up media appearances as of late and, without fail, is routinely asked whether or not he’s running for president again as he remains the most popular candidate in the Party — until now.
Republican Governor of Florida GOP Ron DeSantis recently beat out former President Donald Trump in a presidential preference straw poll conducted by the Western Conservative Summit.
DeSantis has been a force to be reckoned with, especially in the past year when many states fell to COVID tyranny and extremely restrictive lockdown measures. The Florida Republican was one of first to open his state, his economy, and allow some breathing room for residents — he also outlawed the use of vaccine passports. Additionally, DeSantis has made historic strides in the fight against Radical Leftism, signing bills that punish rioters and looters, banned Critical Race Theory, and signed sweeping election reform legislation. And to top it off, the Governor recently vowed to lend a helping hand, offering Florida’s resources to fight the criminal surge on the US-Mexico border.
At the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, attendees were asked to select their preferred candidate for the 2024 presidential election. For the first time since leaving office, Trump was barely edged out as the most favorable pick. Governor DeSantis topped the list by a few percentage points, beating out the Former President. Trump came in at a very close second, the two basically neck-and-neck for Republican Voters’ pick for 2024.
Some conservative participants chose other Republicans to lead the party as well. Those in the top five were: Sen. Ted Cruz, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Sen. Tim Scott.
- Ron DeSantis 74.12%.
- Donald Trump 71.43%.
- Cruz 42.86%.
- Pompeo 39.35%.
- Scott 35.58%.
Coming in right behind the top five were South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
Other favorable conservatives in descending order were: Sen. Rand Paul, Donald Trump Jr., Former Vice President President Mike Pence, Sen. Josh Hawley, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Governor Nikki Haley.
Participants in the poll were allowed to select multiple candidates.
A press release from the Western Conservative Summit added a second question in the straw poll, which “asked attendees to mark any of 25 policy issues as most important to them.”
“Immigration/border security” topped the responses at 82%, followed by “election integrity” at 79%, and “religious freedom” at 75%.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth