by Nicholas Ballasy
Former President Trump on Saturday won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll as the preferred 2024 GOP presidential nominee, and former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake won as the vice presidential choice of CPAC attendees.
Over 2,000 votes were cast.
Trump won with 62%, while Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis got 20%. DeSantis also came in second as the vice presidential pick – with 14%, compared to 20% for Lake.
DeSantis did not appear at this year’s CPAC event, at Maryland’s National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Trump addressed the crowd after the poll results were announced.
In the straw poll, 95% of respondents said they approved of Trump’s job performance as president, from 2016 to 2020.
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Nicholas Ballasy has been breaking news for more than a decade in the nation’s capital and questioning political leaders about the most pressing issues facing the nation.
Photo “Kari Lake and Donald Trump” by Kari Lake.