DeSantis Beats Trump in Conservative 2024 Straw Poll


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won the Western Conservative Summit straw poll this weekend, edging out Donald Trump as the crowd’s preferred 2024 GOP presidential nominee.

So what

DeSantis — whose tough-on-crime, pro-business, anti-lockdown administration has won him many Republican admirers — is the odds-on favorite to replace Trump if the former president doesn’t run again.

The poll

Among attendees of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, 74% approved of DeSantis as their nominee, compared to 71% for Trump, the runner-up.

The reaction

The left: Some liberal commentators on Twitter speculated DeSantis’ victory would enrage Trump and possibly backfire.

The right: But many conservatives rallied behind DeSantis, who has been described as “Trump but more competent.”


A distant third in the straw poll was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, while coming in 10th was former Vice President Mike Pence, who was heckled as a “traitor” at a different conservative policy conference Friday in Florida.

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