Former President Trump Dominates at CPAC.
Despite threats of possible cancellation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conservative political conference CPAC went off without a hitch in Orlando, Florida. As has become tradition, the Conference ended with the publication of its straw poll results conducted by The Washington Times. The results, which boasted 1,007 respondents, were extraordinary.
To the question regarding who should be the next presidential nominee for the Republican Party, Former President Trump garnered 55% of the vote with a 97% approval rating from participants of this year's CPAC. Governor Ron Desantis (R-FL) placed a distant second with 21% of the vote. Everyone else remained in single figures with Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) leading the pack of single digiters. When President Trump was not an alternative, Governor DeSantis finished out front with 43% of the vote, Governor Noem came in second with 11%, and Donald J. Trump Jr. came in third at 8% as a write-in.
Amazingly, 95% of those present favored a continuation of the Trump agenda with 87% strongly favoring it.
Of course, CPAC represents a small contingent of the Republican Party, but its participants are among its most principle, most vocal, and most active members. Their voices are a strong force in shaping Republican public opinion.