Trump tops straw poll on 2024 GOP presidential nomination at Turning Point USA summit

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EXCLUSIVE: Tampa, Florida.– Former President Donald Trump topped the straw poll for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on Sunday, Fox News has learned.

TPUSA polled conference attendees — young activists from across the country — who they would vote for in 2024 if Trump decided to launch another race for the White House.

78.7% of participants said they would vote for Trump.

Straw Poll Results for TPUSA Summitt 2022.
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Straw Poll Results for TPUSA Summitt 2022.
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19% said they would vote for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 1% said they would vote for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, 0.5% said they would vote for former Secretary of State State Mike Pompeo; 0.3% said they would vote for Sen. Ted Cruz, 0.3% said they would vote for former Amb. Nikki Haley; and 0.3% said they would vote for former Vice President Mike Pence.

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Former President Trump easily won the 2022 TPUSA straw ballot for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Former President Trump easily won the 2022 TPUSA straw ballot for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump spoke at the conference on Saturday night, hinting at a 2024 race. His speech was the keynote address for day two of the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit. Trump’s speech was attended on a Friday night by DeSantis, who is considered along with Trump as a potential top 2024 GOP contender.

Teasing his own possible run in 2024, Trump said on Saturday he won the 2016 election, falsely claimed he won the 2020 election and said, “Now we may have to start over.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on July 22, 2022.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on July 22, 2022.
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“If I stayed at home, if I announced that I was not going to run for office, the persecution of Donald Trump would stop immediately,” Trump also said later in the speech. “But that’s what they want me to do. And you know what ? There’s no way I’m doing this.

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Trump closed his speech by saying that with President Biden in the presidency, his re-election slogan of “keeping America great” is now outdated. But, Trump said, “we will make America great again.”

30.3% of respondents said California Governor Gavin Newsom would be the hardest Republican to beat; 13.6% said former First Lady Michelle Obama; 10.5% said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; 10.3% said Senator Bernie Sanders; 7.9% said Vice President Kamala Harris; 5.9% said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Straw Poll Results for TPUSA 2022 Summit.

Straw Poll Results for TPUSA 2022 Summit.

Just 4.4% of participants said President Biden would be the hardest to beat for a Republican candidate in 2024.

Participants were also asked whether they approved or disapproved of the Republican establishment in Washington DC – 92.7% saying they disapproved and 7.3% saying they approved.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony.
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73.8% of conference attendees said they were not confident the Republican Party could communicate with young voters, while 26.2% said they were.

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Meanwhile, participants were also asked whether they thought “building a southern border wall” or “sending $56 billion to Ukraine” was more important.

98% of participants said building a wall to secure the US southern border was “most important”.

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