Florida Governor Ron DeSantis takes second place
Mackinac Island, MI – Conservatives from across the state of Michigan flocked to Mackinac Island this weekend for the state’s biennial Republican leadership convention.
In addition to taking in stunning views of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron or enjoying a one-of-a-kind trip in time at the island’s “Grand Hotel,” attendees also heard from big-name Republicans across the country — including Texas Senator Ted Cruz. , South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
While the meeting is meant to serve as an opportunity for Michigan Republicans to exchange ideas and chart the path of the party, the event’s secret-ballot straw poll gives an unofficial indication that Michigan’s Republican ticket will be in place in 2024. Who would like to see over?
To no one’s surprise, former President Donald J. Trump took the top spot with 47.5%. he is According to The Detroit News who sponsored the straw poll.
While head and shoulders above any other potential candidate, that mark is less than the former president’s vote-share at the CPAC in Dallas in July, where he won 70% of the vote. By comparison, the 45th president won 55% of the vote in February’s CPAC in Orlando.
According to this weekend’s poll, nearly 740 people, all Republicans, were surveyed. Detroit News.
The second-highest vote-getter was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who received nearly 25% of the vote — in line with his straw poll performances in both CPACs this year. However, both CPACs included polls containing a possible list of candidates that did not include former President Trump. DeSantis was the clear winner in both conventions in those elections.
Rounding out the top five in Mackinac: South Dakota Gov. Christie Noem came third with 8% of the vote, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 6%, as did former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
In terms of former President Trump’s influence on Michigan Republicans, 44% said supporting Trump would have no effect on whether or not they supported a candidate.
In terms of issues Republican voters at the convention found most important, The Detroit News reports that 28% chose “election integrity,” which topped the list. Taxes and spending stayed close to 25%, abortion got 11% of the vote and inflation increased by 10%.
In terms of combating COVID-19, 56% of the respondents said that the government has no role in mitigating the pandemic.