As the speculation regarding the GOP’s 2024 presidential race continues to mount, anyone and everyone is attempting to gain some sort of inside track as to how it will all shake out.
The largest storyline by far is the looming showdown between former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with neither men having yet fully committed to running at all. Trump has been overtly hinting about a potential announcement on the subject in September, while DeSantis has been quietly meeting with Republican mega-donors while denying any intent to run.
In polling, the two have been a fairly even hypothetical match over the course of the last few weeks, but the latest survey out of the Sunshine State shows a clear advantage for one potential POTUS.
Young conservatives overwhelmingly chose former President Donald Trump over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a straw poll at a summit in the Sunshine State on Sunday.
Asked who they would vote for if the former president launched a re-election bid for 2024, 78.7% of the attendees at the Turning Point USA gathering chose Trump, while 19% picked DeSantis, Fox News reported.
There wasn’t another potential candidate that was even competitive.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was the nearest at 1%, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 0.5%, while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence finished with 0.3% a piece.
Trump has been reportedly advised to hold off on making any official announcement until the GOP can be sure that it won’t affect their chances in the all-important 2022 midterms, but the former President appears to be chomping at the bit to get the ball rolling, and to potentially freeze out other possible candidates.