GOP Poll Lines Up Top 2024 Contenders – DeSantis Popularity Rises But The Leader By A Long Shot is Trump

2022 is already in full swing and now, the 2024 presidential election doesn’t seem that far away. The candidates haven’t been confirmed, but polls indicate who’s most likely to run.

On the Republican side, most look to popular leaders like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. But of course, one name keeps jumping to the top of the list.

And that name appears to be building an even bigger lead.

Former President Donald Trump has often teased another run for the White House in 2024, once saying the only thing that would stop him is a “bad call from a doctor.”

He has also referred to himself as both the “45th and 47th President” several times, and the launch of his Truth Social network makes his supporters think he’s gearing up for another campaign.

It isn’t just Trump’s teases that make make people think he’ll run again, though — his popularity clearly hasn’t dwindled.

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According to a CPAC straw poll held this past weekend, Trump still holds a commanding lead over any other potential GOP presidential nominee. And that lead seems to be growing.

However, it’s important to note that his closest competition has jumped again in popularity, so the Republican race might not be as cut-and-dry as we think.

The numbers are difficult to ignore, though. From Fox News:

Former President Donald Trump easily won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering this weekend in Florida.

Trump, who’s repeatedly flirted with making another presidential run in 2024 to try and return to the White House, captured 59% of ballots cast in the anonymous online straw poll, according to results announced by CPAC on Sunday afternoon.

That’s up from the 55 percent support Trump had, according to last year’s CPAC Orlando straw poll. Though it’s lower than the 70 percent the former President notched at the Dallas CPAC in July.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has a firm hold on the runner-up slot, too, as he came in at 28 percent.

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That’s a significant rise from his 21 percent support he garnered in both CPAC straw polls last year. As for everyone else, none of the other 19 potential names were even close in this new poll.

DeSantis’ popularity has been rising in recent years, thanks to his freedom-first stance in regards to pandemic restrictions, and his battle to help southern states with the border crisis.

As for other potential candidates, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo comes in a surprising third with 6.3% of the vote, Donald Trump Jr. got 5.9%, Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul each got 3.3%, and Gov. Noem earned 3.1%.

But obviously, the top dog in the Republican party is still Donald Trump.

Some GOP leaders and right-wing politicos don’t want Trump to run again, however, saying he’s too much of a lightning rod and Republicans simply need another face in the White House.

But no matter who ends up running for their side, it seems he or she would have a decent shot, especially given Joe Biden’s plummeting approval ratings and general American pessimism concerning the direction of the country.

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