According to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll only 55 percent of Donald Trump’s most hard core supporters say they would vote for him in a 2024 primary.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the only other candidate to register a significant number in the poll, at 21 percent. 4 percent said they’d go with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R).
When respondents were asked who they would support if Trump decides to not run again in 2024, DeSantis received 43 percent of the vote, Noem 11%, Donald Trump Jr. 8%, Mike Pompeo and Ted Cruz at 7%.
Republican strategist Karl Rove said the 55 percent support for Trump at CPAC shows that he’s “losing strength” even among his base.
“This was a group that came to this meeting for largely one reason, President Trump was going to be there,” Rove said. “This is the truest Trump believers. And for him to only get 55% say, as I said in my column, he is losing strength because he’s not introducing something new. He’s losing strength whether he recognizes it.”
“I’d take that as a cautionary note. He needs to refresh his act. He needs to change and he needs to offer a vision for the future,” Rove added.