Former President Donald Trump
easily won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference
on Sunday, with attendees saying they want him to run for re-election in 2024.
Trump received 70% of the votes
in the poll, which was a hypothetical survey asking respondents who they would vote for in the Republican primary if it were held today
Gov. Ron DeSantis
(R) came in second with 21% of the votes, followed by a slew of other contenders, including Senators Rand Paul
(R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz
(R-Texas), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
, and South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
, the former Vice President, received no votes.
“I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your incredible support,” Trump said later that evening during a speech at the Dallas conference.
#BREAKING: Former President Trump wins the straw poll for the GOP
presidential nominee in 2024, with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) winning the straw poll for a race in which Trump does not run. pic.twitter.com/u6mI1H8IG2 — Forbes (@Forbes) July 11, 2021
convention is an annual gathering of leading conservatives
that has enthusiastically embraced Trump since his election in 2016. The straw poll at the convention does not directly correlate to broader public support for candidates, but other polls have shown strong support for the former president in future elections
The results, on the other hand, show that Republicans
continue to support the former president and his long-term hold on the party, despite his ongoing legal problems and constant lies
about the 2020 election
, in which he lost by more than seven million votes to Joe Biden
Earlier this year, the former president won CPAC's straw poll, though his margin was narrower at the time
, with only 55% of the vote.
It's unclear whether Trump will run again, but he told Fox News
host Sean Hannity
earlier this month that he had made a personal decision but wouldn't tell the public just yet, and that he would consider adding DeSantis to his ticket
rather than Pence.
According to the CPAC poll, if the former president does not run, DeSantis would have a commanding lead if the election were held today, with 68% of respondents voting