Former Pres. Donald Trump won the CPAC survey for the second consecutive year, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in second place.
Trump accumulated 59% support of 2,574 people, and DeSantis got 28%. No other person received over 1.5% support. The poll was done this week using an app that was created by the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates, and also was used as the Trump team’s pollster in the presidential election of 2020.
Support for both DeSantis and Trump has risen since the 2021 conference, when they had received 55 percent and 21 percent support. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who came in third with 4 percent support in 2021, got 1.2% support in the poll.
In a survey without Donald Trump as a candidate, DeSantis came in first with 61.4%, then Pompeo got 6.3% and after that Donald Trump Jr. got 5.9%.
The CPAC survey has not been predictive in the past of the GOP’s presidential nominee, with Senator Rand Paul being the winner in 2013 through 2015, and Senator Ted Cruz winning back in 2016. But, other surveys have shown that Donald Trump will be a top favorite in a GOP 2024 primary.
There has not been a candidate announced for the 2024 election, although Donald Trump and the people close to him have again and again teased another bid for the White House. Donald Trump said in June of 2021 that he had made his decision about running again, but took the confirmation away in Sept.. He has also said that tax laws and FED guidelines have kept him from announcing early, In May 2021 he said to reporters, “for campaign finance reasons, you can not really do it too soon because it will become a whole different thing.”
Fox News reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is soon to marry Donald Trump Jr., said to CPAC attendees this week that “retaking the White House and Pres. Trump returning to the Oval Office” is “step two” of the plan to stop Dems from “changing America to suit their liberal woke image.”
“I pray about this a lot and I’m sure that if we are lucky enough to have Pres. Trump make the sacrifice again and he will beat Joe Biden,” she said.