Former President Donald Trump convincingly won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) three-day gathering in Dallas.
“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,” American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp told Fox News.
Trump, who’s repeatedly teased making another presidential run in 2024 to try and return to the White House, captured 69% of ballots cast in the anonymous online straw poll, according to results announced by CPAC on Saturday.
“President Trump is beloved by the conservative base of the Republican Party,” said national radio host Todd Starnes. “He is the undisputed frontrunner for the presidency in 2024. And I predict that if he runs, he will win.”
The support for the former president, who remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party and continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP primaries, is up from his 59% showing in the anonymous online straw poll at the CPAC gathering in Orlando, Florida in February.
“President Trump remains the most dominant force in American politics, and as yet another poll shows, it’s a reality that will propel the growth and success of the Republican Party through the Midterms and beyond,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News after the results were released.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second on the 2024 presidential nomination question, at 24%, down from his 28% showing at CPAC in Orlando five months ago.
Starnes, who was one of the keynote speakers at CPAC, praised the former president for staying engaged with the base.
“He could spend his retirement years relaxing at Mar-a-Lago and playing golf at one of his many successful clubs and no one would blame him,” Starnes said. “But President Trump deeply loves this nation and he has a burning passion to truly make America great again — again.”