Without Trump, Pence Shoots To Top Of 2024 Poll Of Republican Voters

Former Vice President Mike Pence leads the pack of potential 2024 contenders in a new poll of Republican voters when former President Donald Trump is taken out of the equation.

The survey from Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, which was conducted from Feb. 20 to March 2, has Pence leading among Republican voters nationally when Trump is excluded from the race. Pence captured 19% support among the 1,264 GOP voters surveyed, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis brought in 17%, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in third with 13% support.

When only Trump voters were included, and the former president excluded, voters said their second-choice candidate would be Pence or DeSantis, who tied at 22%. Cruz again got third place with 19%.

There was a major shift when Trump was thrown into the mix. Among GOP voters nationally, he received 51% support, and Pence trailed at a distant second with only 9%. All of the other candidates were in the single digits when Trump was a factor. The survey has a 2.7-point margin of error.

The results diverge from a straw poll taken just days ago at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump brought in 55% support in the straw poll, followed by 21% for DeSantis and 4% for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Pence took home a measly 1% support at the gathering in Orlando, Florida.

If Trump opted not to run for president in 2024, DeSantis became the clear preference of CPAC attendees, with 43% of the vote. Noem came in second in a ballot without Trump, at 11%, while Donald Trump Jr. was the preference of 8% of attendees.

The relationship between Trump and Pence soured in their last few days in the White House. Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that he won the 2020 election, pushed Pence to overturn the election results on Jan. 6, which the former vice president refused to do. Pence also declined an invitation to attend CPAC and wrote an op-ed published this week by the Daily Signal, a publication run by the conservative Heritage Foundation, where the former vice president is a visiting fellow, in which he decried “significant voting irregularities” in the 2020 election.

Author: Zachary Halaschak

Source: Washington Examiner: Without Trump, Pence shoots to top of 2024 poll of Republican voters

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