DALLAS – Along with former President Trump’s speech on Sunday, the results of the half-hearted vote of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are the most anticipated moment at this weekend’s rally in Texas.
And voting is already underway among the 3,200 attendees attending the Dallas Confab.
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CPAC participants answer anonymously – via an online app – the 20-question survey designed by organizers. Among the topics of the secret ballot that the organizers say will give them a sense of the pulse of the conservative movement are critical race theory, the cancellation of culture and border security.
But without a doubt, the two questions in the survey that will generate the most interest are numbers seven and eight, which deal with the presidential candidate̵
Trump remains extremely popular with many in the GOP base as he continues to play a royal power role in the Republican Party’s primary election in 2022 and repeatedly flirts with doing a presidential run in 2024 to try to return to the White House.
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As expected, Trump easily won the straw ballot at the CPAC in Orlando, Florida in late February with 55% support in the hypothetical Republican primary match of 2024. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who finished in second place with 21% support, was the only other Republicans who reached double digits.
DeSantis, a first-time governor and Trump ally who rose in popularity among conservatives nationwide for his opposition to lockdowns and COVID restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, easily topped another straw poll that did not include Trump. DeSantis ended with 43% support in the hypothetical nomination meeting with another strong Trump supporter, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and finished in second place with 11%. All others named in the straw poll finished with a digit.
DeSantis does not attend the CPAC in Dallas, but Noem speaks at the confectionery on Sunday a few hours before Trump’s address.
The results of the straw poll will also be announced on Sunday afternoon, about half an hour before the former president speaks.
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The potential Republican White House hopes listed in question seven – listed in the order they appear in the ballot – are Dr. Ben Carson, a 2016 presidential candidate who served as Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development under Trump, former New Jersey governor and presidential candidate in 2016 Chris Christie, Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, former Ohio governor and presidential candidate in 2016, John Kasich , Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Noem, Maryland Government Larry Hogan, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who also ran for the 2016 nomination, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate , former South Carolina Governor and Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, another presidential candidate, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, DeSantis, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, second place in the GOP President’s primary battle in 2016, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Fox News hosted by Tucker Carls.
Question eight is the same series of potential 2024 candidates – minus the former president – with Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina added to the list.
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