Former President Donald Trump came out on top of a 2024 presidential straw poll at the just-concluded CPAC event in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, and by a substantial margin.
Trump received 59 percent of the vote, according to reports, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis coming in second place with a decent 28 percent.
The results this year were better than 2021, when Trump received 55 percent in 2021, while DeSantis took 21 percent support.
That said, in a hypothetical poll without Trump in the mix, it was DeSantis who easily won, and by a higher margin of 61.4 percent:
With a hypothetically Trump out of the running, FL GOV RON DESANTIS leads straw poll runaway leader, with Pompeo following at a mere 6 pts
— Brittany Shepherd
During his Saturday keynote address, the former president dropped his biggest suggestion yet that he plans to run again for the White House next time around.
“The socialists, globalists, Marxists, and communists who are attacking our civilization have no idea of the sleeping giant they have awoken,” Trump said Saturday evening.
“But they’re going to find out the hard way, starting on Nov. 8, and then again, even more so in November 2024, they will find out like never before. We did it twice and we’ll do it again. We’re going to be doing it again a third time,” he vowed.
“The radical Left has tried to replace American democracy with woke tyranny,” Trump . “Our mission in 2022 and in 2024 is to take on this radical and power-hungry ruling class and to deliver them an electoral defeat.”
“Nobody could ever believe how bad and weak and grossly incompetent it has been, and when you have a weak president who is not respected by other nations, you have a very chaotic world and the world hasn’t been this chaotic since World War II, I think we can say that very strongly. I have no doubt that President Putin made his decision after watching that pathetic withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Trump added.
In September, Rep. Jim Jordan made predicted Trump would run, noting that the 45th commander-in-chief has proven he has the mettle to withstand whatever Washington, D.C., throws at him.
“I think he’s gonna run,” the Ohio Republican said in a clip released by Undercurrent TV journalist Lauren Windsor during an event in Iowa for the Dallas County Republican Party, according to the Des Moines Register.
“You think so?” another person in the conversation is heard saying.
“I know so, yeah, I talked to him yesterday,” Jordan added. “He’s about ready to announce after all of this craziness in Afghanistan.”
“I want him to run,” Jordan continued. “He’s proven he can take the heat.
“We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses,” he added.