Trump, DeSantis lead CPAC straw poll

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record with more than 10,200 patients 'Freedom-loving' conservatives stoked latest round of infection and death Florida reports record 21,000 COVID-19 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic MORE (R) led the pack in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) straw poll for the 2024 GOP presidential nominee.

Trump held a commanding lead, with 70 percent of those who responded to the survey saying they would vote for him in the Republican primary if it were held today. DeSantis came in second with 21 percent.

But when polling the 2024 Republican primary ballot without Trump, DeSantis led the pack with 68 percent of the vote.

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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine MORE (R-Ky.), former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Noem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade MORE (R-Texas), Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota Gov. Noem says she doesn't plan to increase vaccine messaging Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance Western US airports face jet fuel shortage MORE (R) and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE (R) all received 1 percent in the poll that included Trump.

In the survey that left off Trump, Pompeo came in second at 5 percent, and Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s son, came in third with 4 percent.

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Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOfficers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE clocked in at zero percent.

The results from the regional CPAC convention come after DeSantis ran narrowly ahead of former President Trump in a poll of potential 2024 candidates conducted last month at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

That survey found that 74.12 percent of respondents said they would approve of DeSantis for president in three years, compared with 71.43 percent who said the same of Trump.

The Florida governor won 275 votes, while the former president received 265.

A straw poll from the annual CPAC in February, showed Trump with 55 percent of the vote, followed by DeSantis at 21 percent and Noem at 4 percent. Without Trump in the mix, DeSantis received 43 percent of the vote.

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Trump earlier this month told Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMeadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign MORE that he has made a decision on if he will run for president again in 2024 but has not yet made that determination public.

“You are not going to answer, but I have to ask, where are you in the process?” Hannity asked Trump, referring to his decision on whether to mount another White House bid.

“Let me ask you this, without giving the answer, what the answer is, have you made up your mind?” Hannity asked.

“Yes,” Trump responded.

In May, Trump said he would “certainly” consider DeSantis as his running mate should he throw his hat in the ring again in 2024.