Former President Donald Trump dominated the conversation at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), it was also a chance for 2024 presidential hopefuls to get their names out ahead of the burgeoning election cycle.
One name that may come as a surprise to some as an early contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination is that of Fox News star Tucker Carlson.
A straw poll conducted by CPAC and released on Sunday found that Carlson took three percent of the vote in a potential primary against a slew of other GOP figures.
Carlson is up against heavyweights like Donald Trump himself and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — an early favorite for the nomination — taking 43 percent of the poll’s vote when Trump’s name was excluded.
The poll was released in two versions — one without Trump’s name included, and one with it, due to uncertainty about Trump’s 2024 intentions.
In the poll including Trump’s name, he came out the overwhelming favorite with 55 percent of the vote and DeSantis taking second place with 21 percent.
In the poll conducted without Trump’s name, the results were drastically different, with DeSantis leading the pack taking the lead from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Donald Trump Jr.
Though Carlson is certainly not the overwhelming favorite, this isn’t the first time his name has been floated as a potential candidate for the 2024 election due to his enormously popular Fox show.
For his part, Carlson has slapped down rumors that he has an interest in taking a stab at running for the nation’s highest office, telling Mediaite in August that he “never wanted to be involved” in a presidential contest.