CPAC Straw Poll Determines Donald Trump Strongest Choice for President Among Conservatives

The top choice among conservatives for president in 2024 was determined via straw poll this weekend at CPAC Dallas, and former President Donald Trump maintains a strong lead at 69%.  

Other polls conducted nationally are showing strong for Desantis, most of them having Desantis and Trump neck and neck. However, the poll conducted at CPAC shows him trailing Trump by less than half at 24%. The next in line behind Desantis is Ted Cruz with a meager 2%.

Liz Cheney sits with Chris Christy and Marco Rubio at 0%.

When asked whom people would prefer to see as President Trump’s Vice President pick in 2024, the poll shows DeSantis in the lead with 43%. Kristy Noem was a second-place pick with only 9%.

It is now more clear than ever that Donald Trump has the most energy behind a hypothetical albeit likely 2024 bid, but he has not yet officially announced whether he’ll be running. Trailing conservatives like Ted Cruz are going to “wait and see” whether Trump declares before making a decision on potentially running.

This straw poll comes after threats from the Republican establishment against Trump in what seems like a last-ditch effort to maintain control of the party. The GOP leadership has recently said that they will no longer pay for the former President’s legal fees if he announces that he’s running in 2024.

The Daily Mail reports:

Republicans will stop paying Donald Trump‘s legal expenses if he announces he’s running for president in 2024, according to a new report published on Thursday.

The Republican National Committee has shelled out millions of dollars to law firms representing the former president amid government investigations and probes of his business interests.

But officials also worry that Trump could hurt the party’s midterms prospects if he announces a presidential run before this year’s elections.

An RNC official told ABC News that Trump would lose financial support as soon as launch a campaign because of the party’s ‘neutrality policy’ that bars it from taking sides in primaries.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spelled out the stance in an interview in January.

‘The party has to stay neutral,’ she said. ‘I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024.’

There has been a serious bifurcation in the Republican party since the advent of Donald Trump and others like him. His presidency lead to what’s being colloquially referred to as “America First” politicians, who claim to be decidedly separate from their “Rino” counterparts.

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Published by Ryan DeLarme

Independent Media, Investigative Journalism

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