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 July 17, 2023

Trump leads GOP straw poll at Turning Point Action Conference

Former President Donald Trump dominated a straw poll held at the Turning Point USA Action Conference over the weekend.

Trump received over 85% of the first-place results, with no other candidate reaching double digits.

The impact

“The straw poll demonstrates that President Trump remains the single most dominant force among the conservative grassroots,” TP USA founder Charlie Kirk said.

“All the attacks against him have seemingly made him even stronger and more popular among the conservative faithful," he added.

Not even close

"According to the Trafalgar Group poll, attendees at the Turning Point Action Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, chose Trump at 87.5% among Republican candidates and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at only 4.3%," Breitbart News reported.

"DeSantis actually came in third behind businessman Perry Johnson, who garnered 7.8%, despite the conference happening in the governor’s state," it added.

Other details

"Upon being asked to pick a second preferred candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy came out on top, with 51.2 percent support," the Post Millennial noted.

"The poll also asked for top US Vice President picks, with former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake being the number one choice at 30.8 percent, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) at 24 percent, and Vivek Ramaswamy at 22.7 percent," the report added."DeSantis notably did not attend the event, which took place in his home state, despite having received an invitation to speak."

The event occurred just after DeSantis and other GOP candidates spoke in Iowa. Trump did not appear at the Iowa events.

The poll shows that Trump remains a strong force for any Republican contender, including Gov. DeSantis, who has been highly popular in his home state of Florida and nationally. The results also reveal that Trump's popularity remains despite his legal battles, including the recent charges against him over classified documents found in his Mar-a-Lago home last year during an FBI raid.

The survey also shows the rising popularity of new vice presidential choices to pair with Trump. Both Donalds, from Florida, and outsider candidate Ramaswamy showed their trending power in the conference for young conservatives that may show to be of great impact as the election nears.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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