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DeSantis outperforms Trump and Biden in poll of potential 2024 presidential candidates

DeSantis has not announced a run for president.
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In this Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump stands behind Ron DeSantis during a rally in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

DENVER COUNTY, Colo. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the most popular candidate in a conservative straw poll of potential 2024 presidential candidates, performing ahead of former President Donald Trump.

DeSantis, who has not said he will run, was among 30 potential candidates in the poll. All of the top five were Republicans.

The Western Conservative Summit is a non-partisan voting poll sponsored by Colorado Christian University’s right-wing Centennial Institute and has been done for the past 12 years.  

The summit took place on Friday, Jun. 18, and Saturday, Jun. 19 in downtown Denver. According to Colorado Politics, the event drew around 500 people, along with an online audience numbering in the tens of thousands.

The 30 potential candidates in the poll included everyone from Republicans like Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz to Democrats like Michelle Obama and Stacey Abrams.

Vice President Kamala Harris and current President Joe Biden were also in the poll.

Gov. DeSantis led voting with 74.12% approval, followed by Donald Trump's 71.43%, Ted Cruz's 42.86%, Mike Pompeo's 39.35%, and Tim Scott's 35.58%.

In addition to saying who they approved of most, participants were presented with 25 issues and told to mark the ones they felt to be the most important to them. 

Immigration/border security received 305 votes followed by election integrity with 294 votes, and religious freedom getting 277 votes. LGBTQ ranked last with only 18 votes.

The issues also included gun rights, education, race and racism, and police reform. 

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