Donald Trump easily claims the CPAC Straw poll in Dallas

An unofficial straw poll Saturday among Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees in Texas on who should be chosen as the 2024 Republican nominee was easily claimed by President Donald Trump with a large majority.

Jim McLaughlin, a Trump pollster who conducted the straw poll, announced the results onstage just hours before the former president took the stage, UPI reports.

“Yes, President Trump is increasing his job approval at an astronomical 99% in the CPAC Straw Poll and blowing the potential 2024 field with 69% of the vote, up from 59% from CPAC in February,” McLaughlin said via social media.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not at CPAC but is widely seen as a potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election. Vendors were even seen selling merchandise bearing the governor’s name at the conference, the Dallas Morning News reported.

DeSantis claimed 24% of the total to Trump’s 69% in the mock poll, but 65% of participants said they would vote for DeSantis if the former president was not offered as a pick.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz got just 2% of the vote in the straw poll while Texas Governor Greg Abbott did not register above zero, according to the UPI report.

The straw poll is not a scientific survey, with a pool limited to CPAC attendees, and is not representative of the broader GOP electorate.

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