As many predicted, Donald Trump’s keynote address at CPAC was a forceful revenge on the portions of the GOP that scorned him, and an overt overture to those who would hope to see him sidelined in the future.
Trump not only took to task the so-called “RINO” Republicans who stymied his work, (by name, even), but he also made not-so-subtle suggestions about his willingness to run for the White House again in 2024.
But the real question is: Could he win?
A new poll from CPAC itself seems to suggest that Trump isn’t the shoe-in that he’s portraying himself as.
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But in a straw poll of CPAC attendees revealed just before Trump’s address, just 68% said they wanted Trump to run again in 2024, a smaller number than expected considering his 97% job approval among participants. The other 32% either said he shouldn’t run or had no opinion.
In a separate poll of potential 2024 GOP nominees for president, Trump was the choice of 55% of attendees. Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second at 21%, with all other candidates in single digits.
With Trump out of the mix, however, DeSantis was first with 43%. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem came in second with 11%; Donald Trump Jr. got 8% for third.
The news comes at a time in which there are fears of a GOP civil war, with the Trumpian MAGA Movement attempting to pull the party hard to the right, and the aforementioned RINO’s and establishment figures looking to moor themselves closer to the center of the political spectrum.
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