Former President Donald Trump destroyed the competition in an anonymous straw poll taken during CPAC 2022.
Trump captured over 69% of the vote cast during the conference, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gathered just under 24% of the vote. Senator Ted Cruz came in third, with only 2% of the vote.
The chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, told Fox News, “there’s an unbreakable bond between President Trump and the conservative movement. He simply did the things he promised to do, and for that they are grateful.”
A second poll was conducted, removing Trump as an option altogether. DeSantis came in first with 65% of the vote, followed by Donald Trump Jr. with 8%, and Cruz with 6%. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the top list, pulling in 5% of the vote. Who would YOU prefer running for President?
Members of the media were not pleased with the results of the straw poll. CNN anchor Jim Acosta and his guest lambasted the Right, with guest Bill Cohen saying, “We’re moving closer to a fascist form of government, where we no longer believe in the rule of law … If you think violence is acceptable as a form of political expression you’re headed in that direction.”
Trump has strongly hinted at a 2024 presidential run. In a leaked report by Rolling Stone, he apparently told close confidants that he plans to run. Rolling Stone reported their source was a former Republican National Committee senior official.
It has even been rumored that Trump and DeSantis may be running on the same ticket. Robert Barnes suggested a “decision has already been made”, meaning DeSantis already has a deal with Donald Trump to be VP candidate in 2024. Barnes is a constitutional lawyer and ally of former President Trump.