Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ousted former President Donald Trump as the Conservative election for President in 2024 in a straw poll conducted over the weekend when Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced he was not running for the White House is considering.
DeSantis received 74 percent approval versus Trump’s 71 percent in the poll conducted at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.
The first-term governor, who made himself popular with Conservatives for speaking out against coronavirus restrictions and bans and fighting critical racial theory and technical censorship in his state, did not say he would launch a campaign in 2024 .
But Trump has said he would be happy to have DeSantis as a running mate if he runs for re-election.
“Of course I would … I would certainly consider Ron,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business earlier this month.
The poll, which asked attendees who they would endorse as president in the 2024 elections, was conducted in person among the approximately 500 attendees at the conference and those who watch them online.
The list of 31 candidates included Republicans and Democrats.
Third place went to Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with 43 percent, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 39 percent and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) with 36 percent in the top 5.
Former Vice President Mike Pence took 10th place with 21 percent – one place behind Donald Trump Jr., who received 24 percent.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama landed with almost 3 percent of the vote among the top candidates for the Democrats – tied with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
President Biden got 2 percent.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez split with a little less than 2 percent support.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg came last with less than 1 percent, as did Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Carlson was not listed in the straw poll, but told Ruthless podcast that despite speculation, he had no intention of throwing his hat in the ring.
“Oh god, come on!” Carlson, who has the most watched cable newscast, said in the interview last Friday.
“That seems like a fun job. I’m sure my poor kids would love this. Can you imagine? “He said.” I know every president and have spoken to him for more than 30 years. And you know, I can’t imagine anyone whose life has been improved by this. ”
“I mean, I think if I were the last person on earth I could do it, but I mean, it seems pretty unlikely that I would be that guy,” Carlson said.