Former Vice President Mike Pence has been the least favorite Republican since voting to accept the electors for President Joe Biden as the president in January. The incident prompted insurrectionists to flock to the U.S. Capitol, complete with gallows where they chanted "hang Mike Pence" and searched for him during the siege.
Each year, CPAC does a straw poll for the next election, which generally helps give bragging rights to the winners to fundraise off of. More than three years out from the 2024 election, the CPAC voters have agreed that they want President Donald Trump as their GOP nominee. But Trump only got 55 percent in the poll. That said, it is a dramatic shift from the 2016 straw poll that was won by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at 40 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at 30 percent.
This year, the poll also showed who the top Republican candidates are without Donald Trump. Among those, Gov. Ron Desantis (R-FL) leads.
See the results below:
#CPAC2021 poll w/o Trump Ron DeSantis: 43% Kristi Noem: 11% Don Jr: 8% Mike Pompeo: 7% Ted Cruz: 7% Tucker Carlson… https://t.co/TL2Y1qZL4y— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1614544795.0