Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis were the leaders of the pack coming out of this weekends Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida this weekend.
In a straw poll of 2,574 attendees, the former president led with 59% of respondents saying they would vote for Trump in the 2024 Republican primary. While Florida Governor DeSantis received 28%, with other Republicans like Mike Pompeo, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence receiving 2% or less.
Trump has made it not secret that he is considering a bid for the presidency again. While DeSantis has been laying the ground work to launch a national campaign for the 2024 GOP nomination.
When attendees were asked their choice if President Trump did not enter the race, the Florida Governor jumped over 30 points, with 61% respondents saying that if Trump didn't enter the race they would back the GOP Governor.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr. only had the backing of 6 per cent those in attendance in this scenario.
Asked who they thought would be the Democratic nominee in 2024, 22% of respondents said that they saw former DNC Presidential Nominee and Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as being the DNC nominee in 2024, only 14 per cent said that they believed current incumbent President Joe Biden would be the nominee.
Since 2019, Former President Donald Trump has won the CPAC Straw Poll. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has placed second each year since 2020, in 2019 Utah Senator and Former GOP Presidentail Nominee in 2012 Mitt Romney placed second.