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Gov. DeSantis tops Trump in 2024 presidential non-partisan poll

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President Donald Trump stands behind Ron DeSantis, Candidate for Governor of Florida, as he speaks at a rally, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Donald Trump is not the favorite in the hypothetical race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

On Saturday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bested former President Donald Trump in a Western Conservative Summit 2021 non-partisan approval voting poll taken in Denver.

Summit attendees selected candidates they supported and approve of out of a 31-person field.
The company used an “approval method” that allowed participants to vote for multiple responses for each question, including a question about which 2024 presidential candidates they approved of from the dozens of the top contenders.

“The top five candidates, in order of most approval to least, were: Ron DeSantis (74%), Donald Trump (71%), Sen. Ted Cruz (43%), Mike Pompeo (39%) and Sen. Tim Scott (36%),” the press release stated. “Former Vice President Pence came in tenth place.”

“Question two asked attendees to mark any of 25 policy issues as most important to them,” the statement continued. “The top five most important issues were: Immigration/Border Security (82%), Election Integrity (79%), Religious Freedom (75%), Federal Budget/Deficit (74%) and Gun Rights (74%).”

While the gap between Trump and DeSantis is small, there was a large distance between them and the third-place finisher, Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz only received 42% of votes.
Rounding out the field were former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.

The top ranked candidates that received votes included:

Ron DeSantis — 74.12%
Donald Trump — 71.43%
Ted Cruz — 42.86%
Mike Pompeo — 39.35%
Tim Scott — 35.58%
Kristi Noem — 29.92%
Tom Cotton — 29.92%
Rand Paul — 27.76%
Donald Trump Jr. — 24.8%
Mike Pence — 21.56%
Josh Hawley — 20.22%
Dan Crenshaw — 20.22%
Nikki Haley — 19.14%
Michelle Obama — 2.96%
Elizabeth Warren — 2.96%
Joe Biden — 2.43%
Pete Buttigieg — 2.16%
Stacey Abrams — 2.16%
Amy Klobuchar — 2.16%
Kamala Harris — 1.89%
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — 1.89%
Beto O’Rourke — 1.62%
Cory Booker — 1.62%
Andrew Yang — 1.35%
Bernie Sanders — 1.35%
Gretchen Whitmer — 1.35%
John Kasich — .81%
Mark Cuban — .54%
Andrew Cuomo — .54%
Michael Bloomberg — .27%