The findings from a poll of Republican voters released this weekend highlight the popularity of Ron DeSantis, the GOP governor of Florida.
According to conference organizers, DeSantis won a 2024 straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit, narrowly defeating former President Donald Trump.
The survey at the conference was sponsored by Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute; in this survey, they invited attendees to choose all of the possible presidential candidates for 2024 that they approve of, from a list of 31 Republican and Democratic candidates.
DeSantis Takes Poll Position
DeSantis is Florida’s governor and a Trump loyalist who gained popularity among Republicans around the country for his opposition to COVID lockdowns and other restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Florida governor received 74 percent approval, while former President Trump got 71 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas received 43 percent of the vote, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got 39 percent, and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina received 36 percent.
Western Conservative Summit 2021 non-partisan approval voting poll results:
1. Ron DeSantis – 74.12%
2. Donald Trump – 71.43%
3. Ted Cruz – 42.86%
4. Mike Pompeo – 39.35%
5. Tim Scott 35.58%
30 candidates polled. Democrats & Republicans.
Full results: https://t.co/2a7Z5gVVwU
— Centennial Institute (@CentennialCCU) June 20, 2021
Approximately 500 participants visited the 12th annual conference live at a resort in Denver, Colorado, with tens more thousands streaming. At the meeting, none of the probable competitors spoke.
In late February, the Florida governor finished second to Trump in a special election at the Conservative Political Action Convention, the largest and oldest event held by conservative activists and leaders, also known as CPAC.
DeSantis, who is seen as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, made headlines when he comfortably won a second survey at CPAC that excluded Trump.
Pompeo Takes on the Fight
Pompeo announced the formation of a new political group aimed at assisting conservative candidates running in the 2022 midterm elections; this comes as Republicans seek to reclaim a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
During a segment with Fox, the former Kansas lawmaker (who later served as the CIA director and America’s top diplomat in the Trump administration) highlighted that the objective of Champions American Values PAC is to support Republican candidates around the country. Pompeo said we would like to make absolutely sure that candidates who care about working Americans and the middle class get elected.
Pompeo stated on Twitter that he had already begun his work to ensure that we establish a group so we can assist Republican leaders to demolish their opponents at the end of 2022.
My entire life, I’ve committed to do all that I could to protect and defend America.
I’m proud to champion American values – the values that make our nation great.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) June 15, 2021
The creation of the PAC enables Pompeo to start raising limitless assets on behalf of Republican Friends; it is also allowing him to continue to campaign for GOP candidates and causes across the country.
Finally, the PAC has fueled speculation that the former secretary of state is seriously considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination. By telling Fox News that he is going to stay in this fight, Pompeo sought to stoke more 2024 speculations.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former ambassador to the United Nations (as well as former South Carolina Governor) Nikki Haley, are two additional likely GOP White House aspirants; they’ve both set up fundraising organizations to support fellow Republicans.
Video: Trump and DeSantis Top 2024 CPAC Straw Polls
The current state of the Republican Party. Trump and DeSantis.
— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby Calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) March 1, 2021
Both Pompeo and Pence will appear at the National Republican Committee’s summertime donor event in Dana Point, California, this coming weekend.