Gov. Ron DeSantis Leads Republican Presidential Ticket if Former President Trump Doesn’t Run in 2024
By Fox News // March 5, 2021
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(FOX NEWS) – To state the obvious: Former President Trump remains the dominant force in the GOP and the most popular figure among Republican voters.
As Trump flirts with a 2024 presidential run to regain the White House, the early data clearly shows that if the nomination race were held today, the former president would be the overwhelming favorite.
Without Trump in the race, a new survey conducted by a GOP pollster who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and the then-president’s 2020 reelection campaign, points to former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the early favorites in what may end up being a large field of GOP White House hopefuls.
But with no formal 2024 announcement from Trump expected anytime soon, the former president will continue to dominate all 2024 discussions going forward.
“I think the elephant in the room is obviously Donald Trump,” veteran GOP pollster Neil Newhouse told Fox News. “If the election were held today and if he wants the nomination, he’d be the odds on favorite.”
Last weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference – the biggest and oldest annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders which is better known by its acronym CPAC – Trump returned to the spotlight for the first time since he left the White House on Jan. 20.
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