CPAC crowns Donald Trump over Ron DeSantis in straw poll
FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz. Trump is already declaring himself the 45th and 47th president of the United States. But the quip during a round of golf — captured on shaky cellphone video — belies the growing challenges Trump is confronting. Image via AP.

Meanwhile, those surveyed believe Biden will not be the Democratic Nominee for President in 2024.

Former President Donald Trump is still the king of the GOP, per a 2022 CPAC poll.

The straw poll shows 59% of CPAC attendees favor Trump in the upcoming Republican presidential primary.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising GOP star and possible presidential primary contender, collected the second most votes — 28%. 

Without Trump, DeSantis topped the favorability list at 61%. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr. followed in second, collecting 6% each.

A total of 2574 CPAC attendees participated in the poll. CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — is a four-day gathering of conservative leaders, figures and supporters.

The poll also surveyed GOP voters on what issues they deem “most important.” Election integrity ranked top of the list with 49%. 

Trump maintains voter fraud cost him the election against Biden, an assertion backed by little — if any — evidence. At CPAC on Saturday, he described the 2016 election as the “crime of the century.”

According to the poll, 90% of those surveyed believe “there was voter fraud in the 2020 election that helped Joe Biden win the presidential campaign.”

Immigration and construction of the border wall followed closely in the poll, garnering 48% of votes. Constitutional rights ranked third with 27%. Inflation, national security and gun rights followed.

Unsurprisingly, nearly all CPAC attendees (99%) disapprove of President Joe Biden’s leadership.

CPAC attendees, however, believe the Democratic party will move forward without Biden in 2024.

The majority think former Secretary of State and presidential contender Hillary Clinton will run again in 2024.

Behind Clinton, attendees listed Former First Lady Michelle Obama and ranked Biden in third and Vice President Kamala Harris in fourth. 

CPAC concluded Sunday and featured a slew of Florida leaders, who spoke on several topics including Ukraine, Marxist influence, foreign policy and illegal immigration.

The majority of CPAC attendees disapprove of a U.S. military intervention in Ukraine and view Biden as a greater threat to America than Russia and China.

Jason Delgado

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  • PeterH

    February 27, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    The GQP preferred candidate is a twice impeached soon to be indicted criminal and second in line is Trump’s bootlicker.

    It’s easy to understand why real conservatives have abandoned today’s Republican Party. The numerous billboards that lined the streets leading to this CPAC CLOWN SHOW annotate the narrative of real conservatives. Hopefully Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney will form a 2024 Presidential ticket if for no other reason than to bury Republican Bobby Jindal’s “Party of Stupid!”

    • Sandy gridley

      February 27, 2022 at 5:31 pm

      Good idea – we need new blood in both parties.

    • Impeach Biden

      February 27, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      Speaking of stupid. Explain to me how supposedly 81 million voted for “Dumb and Dumber”. Looking forward to the National election when your party sends in the “Squad”.

      • PeterH

        February 27, 2022 at 8:24 pm

        AOC represents less than one million New Yorkers. As you already know the chances of her winning ANY NATIONAL election are slim to none.

        Pick a qualified candidate the next time. Trump and/ or DeSantis don’t have a chance in 2024!

        • Tom

          February 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm

          AOC represents ultra leftist extremists period. She works for Soros, she’s a computer clone.

          She said on the cherished House floor recently, where I sat to listen to Napoleon Duarte ( look it up peter h) addressing a joint session of Congress, that she has approximately $70,000 in college loans and implored incompetent Biden to erase it. That selfish, self serving wench is atrocious. She opposed Amazon Corp headquarters in her district. Apparently, hundreds of $125,000 dollar jobs are not welcome.

          DeSantis is the whiz kid Gov. he whizzes on you and your Lincoln group, Did you get promoted yet to towel off Wilson and Schmidt yet?

          Peter h you are a Fraud, not unlike Nikki and AOC. Go scratch

  • Tom

    February 27, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Please let Cheney/Romney run as they’ll get 5 delegates and spend $50 million towards it.

    Your hate is overwhelming. The present day incompetence you ignore has economic depression, runaway inflation, nuclear war upon us. U loser, the only boot legging is your efforts with Lincoln Org. You pathetic loser.
    I called you out with Joe H today. You have no where to hide. LMAO

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