ORLANDO — Donald Trump!
More than half a dozen 2024 hopefuls have spoken to a horde of Republican super-fans gathered at the Hyatt Regency for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Star speakers, from Ron DeSantis to Kristi Noem, were met with rapturous receptions.
One major speaker remains: the former president.
He’s set to address the crowd, in his first speech since crashing out of office, moments after CPAC announced him as the winner of its annual straw poll revealing attendees’s preferred candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
If the 2024 primary were held today, Trump would be the preferred nominee of 55% of attendees.
Ron DeSantis, hero to lockdown critics, came second to Trump, with 22%. Noem