Newsom the toughest Democrat to beat in 2024 presidential race: TPUSA Straw poll

Attendees at this weekend’s conservative Turning Point USA (TPUSA) student action summit believe California Governor Gavin Newsom would be the toughest Democratic candidate for a Republican to beat in a hypothetical 2024 presidential race , according to a new straw poll.

Just over 30% of participants said Newsom would be the most formidable Democratic candidate while Michelle Obama came in second with 13.6%, according to the poll, the results of which were first reported by Fox. News Sunday.

Hillary Clinton placed third with 10.5% of attendees believing she would be the best Democrat to beat while Senator Bernie Sanders came in fourth with 10.3%. Nearly 8% of those polled chose Vice President Kamala Harris, and just 4.4% said President Joe Biden would be the toughest Democratic opponent for a GOP challenger.

Attendees at the conservative Turning Point USA Student Action summit this weekend believe California Governor Gavin Newsom would be the toughest Democratic candidate for a Republican to beat in a hypothetical 2024 presidential race, according to a straw poll. Above, Newsom at a Friday press conference in Los Angeles.
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Newsom has made national headlines in recent weeks after paying for an ad that ran in Florida over the July 4 weekend urging Americans to leave Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Florida for California.

In the ad, Newsom told Floridians, “It’s Independence Day. Let’s talk about what’s going on in America,” before saying their “freedom” was “under attack.”

“Your Republican leaders are banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” the governor said.

Newsom said The Sacramento Bee that he made the announcement in response to DeSantis’ actions he took against the Special Olympics when he threatened to fine the organization $27.5 million if it did not give up a vaccine mandate. The Governor of Florida was Honorary Co-Chair of the event.

“That led to considering doing something a little more expressive and that was the determination of the announcement,” Newsom told the newspaper.

Some Democrats believe Newsom is positioning himself to run for president in 2024, while some in the party worry about the prospect of Biden running for re-election.

Maria Cardona, a veteran Democratic strategist, said Newsweek last week that the Democratic base is “hungry for someone who can actually do something, and governors are often less paralyzed than congressmen, senators, and presidents.”

“Does that mean he’ll run in 2024? Not necessarily, nobody said he’d run if Biden did, which is really smart,” she added.

Meanwhile, the new Straw Poll found that 78.7% of participants said they would vote for former President Donald Trump if he seeks re-election, while 19% said they would vote for DeSantis if he showed up.

The ex-president has long hinted that he will run again in 2024.

“If I stayed at home, if I announced that I was not going to run for office, the persecution of Donald Trump would stop immediately. But that’s what they want me to do. And you know what There’s no way I’m doing that.” he told attendees at the TPUSA summit on Saturday.


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