CPAC in Dallas: Trump popularity continues strong

Donald Trump remains hugely popular with conservatives, pulling down 70 percent of a straw poll at the weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas. (Dave Workman)

If Donald Trump decides to run for president in 2024, odds are he will have a very strong conservative following, according to the outcome of a “presidential nomination poll” conducted over the weekend at a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held over the weekend in Dallas.

Trailing in a distance second place was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, pulling in 21 percent behind Trump’s stunning 70 percent after the ballots were counted in an anonymous straw poll, according to Fox News.

Trump appeared at the conference, promising Texans in the audience, “This state is never going to be in play. This is a very, very special place and we’re going to keep it the way it is.”

According to KTVT, the local CBS affiliate, the former president got a standing ovation when he talked about a lawsuit he recently filed against Facebook, Twitter and Google over censorship. He promised to continue fighting to prevent censorship and what he called an “assault on our liberty.”

In a separate poll that did not include Trump, KTVT reported, Gov. DeSantis scored 68 percent while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott “were in the low single digits.” Also down the scale was Donald Trump, Jr., at 4 percent.

Trump was critical of Joe Biden’s handling of the border situation, which has become a crisis over the past few months.

“The Biden administration has turned the border into the single greatest disaster in American history,” Trump told his audience, according to KTVT. “… all of America is now one giant sanctuary city.”

The station reported that Trump has decided whether he will seek a return to the White House in 2024. However, he declined to make an announcement.

This was the second CPAC gathering this year, the first being held in Orlando back in February. Both Florida and Texas are considered conservative states with strong rights philosophies, including the Second Amendment.

But could that change? Ian Walters, communications director for the American Conservative Union told the CBS affiliate, “There’s a concern there’s a migration problem from California, folks who are leaving blue states that are locked down and coming to free, open states like Texas. We wonder if that’s going to change the political dynamics at all. America’s watching what happens to Texas in the next few years.”

Many conservatives across the West complain that people from liberal states flee to places including Texas, Montana and Idaho only to “bring their politics with them.”

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