Michigan conservatives gathered in Mackinac Island this weekend for the biennial Republican Leadership Conference in the state.
Apart from experiencing a great time sightseeing, attendees of the conference also managed to hear from the country’s most well-known Republican Party members, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas.), Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
The meeting aimed to give Michigan Republicans the opportunity to share ideas and plan the party’s plan of action moving forward. However, the conference’s secret ballot poll reveals an unofficial indication of who residents in Michigan would want to be the party’s top ticket in 2024.
Unsurprisingly, former President Donald Trump was on the top spot, getting 47.5% of the votes, per The Detroit News – the sponsor of the said straw poll.
Former President Trump won the straw poll at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference (Michigan) by over 20%, though did not win a majority. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took second place — consistent with CPAC Orlando (February) and Dallas (July).
— Robert Sherman (@RobertShermanTV) September 27, 2021
Even though the former president is way ahead of any other candidate, his points in this poll are lower than the vote-share he garnered at CPAC in Dallas back in July. There, he scored 70% of the vote. Meanwhile, in the CPAC back in February, the former president got 55% of the total votes.
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Around 740 Republicans served as the respondents of the poll last weekend, per The Detroit News.
Next to Trump was Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who received around 25% of the vote. This comes consistent with his performances in the other CPACs’ polls for this year. However, the said CPAC events included surveys in which Trump was not included in the potential list of candidates. For those, DeSantis won both.
The rest of the top five in Mackinac’s polls included Noem on third with 8%, Cruz with 6%, and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.
When it comes to the influence the former president has over Michigan Republicans, 44% of the respondents say his endorsement won’t matter when deciding which candidate to support.
Meanwhile, regarding issues Republicans at the conference consider important, 28% said “election integrity,” putting this at the top of the list. Other issues ranking high included taxes and spending (25%), abortion (11%), and inflation (10%).
In connection to handling the COVID-19 pandemic, 56% of the poll respondents believe the government doesn’t have a role to play in trying to mitigate the pandemic.