(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Turning Point USA, the conservative political organization that works to mobilize high school and college Republicans, held a straw poll on its audience’s favored nominee for the 2024 Republican Presidential Primar. Former President Trump came in the lead with 85.7% of the votes.
Trump took to TruthSocial, his own social media platform, to message, “Just heard that I (WE!) won the big Turning Point Straw Poll in a BLOWOUT….”
The straw poll, conducted with the Trafalgar group, also listed many other important aspects of what the conservative audience favored in the presidential field. The most preferred second choice was Vivek Ramaswamy with 51.2%, then Donald Trump with 21.4%, followed by Ron DeSantis at 13.5%, and all the other candidates below double digits. This data shows that Trump received a substantial portion of the first and second choices– with 85.7% in the first and 21.4% in the second– many Trump supporters even selected him as both the first and second, indicating his popularity.
While Trump remains favored to win the Republican nomination, the speculation is on who may be the vice-presidential pick for the Republican ticket. In the double digits, Kari Lake led the straw poll with 30.8%, followed by Representative Byron Donalds of Florida at 24.0%, and then entrepreneur and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at 22.7%.
According to the straw poll, the group’s top political issues were the southern border at 23.9%, inflation/economy at 17.8%, voting integrity at 13.3%, and radical gender ideology and kids at 10.0%. Whomever the Republican nominee ends up being, they will need to focus on issues of immigration and the economy to garner voter interest. At the same time, the nominee will also have to contend with culture war issues such as the 2020 election, “diversity, equity, and inclusion” policies, and transgender ideology.
While Trump is likely to win, whoever the Republican nominee is will need to also appeal outside of the conservative audience to win moderate voters in states like Wisconsin and Georgia if they wish to win the 270 electors neededto secure the White House.
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