These 2 candidates are the most popular vice presidential picks for Trump: poll

Attendees of a major political conference were divided on who former President Donald Trump should choose as his running mate in the 2024 presidential election, but two of the potential vice presidential candidates were polled highest among the competition.

The 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, last week, concluded with straw poll asking the attendees to choose their preference from a list of possible running mates for Trump. While no candidate received a clear majority among the respondents, two candidates captured a higher share of the votes than others.

Fifteen percent of respondents indicated they wanted Trump to pick South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as his vice presidential pick, while another 15% preferred entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Trump confirmed that he is considering both Noem and Ramaswamy, one of his formal rivals for the 2024 Republican nomination, in an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham last week. If elected to join Trump on a victorious Republican ticket, Ramaswamy would become the first Hindu to serve as vice president.

None of the other options broke 10% support in the straw poll. The third most popular potential running mate, former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, secured 9% support. Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, and Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C., another of Trump's former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, each took 8%. Like Ramaswamy, Gabbard would become the first Hindu vice president if elected.

Scott would become the first African-American man to serve as vice president if a hypothetical Trump-Scott ticket wins the 2024 presidential election. While Trump hinted he would consider both Gabbard and Scott during his interview with Ingraham last week, the Stefanik's name was not floated during Trump's interview with Ingraham last week. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., another potential running mate whose name came up during their conversation, received 7% support in the straw poll.

Like Scott, Donalds would become the first African-American man to serve as vice president if elected. Kari Lake, the failed Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona's 2022 election and current candidate for the United States Senate, gained 6% support in the straw poll. Three more possible running mates for Trump secured 5% support: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

While DeSantis' name came up during Trump's conversation with Ingraham, the Florida governor and former Republican presidential candidate denied he had any interest in serving as vice president. Carson, like Scott and Donalds, would become the first African-American man to win the vice presidency if he joins the ticket with a victorious Trump.

Tucker Carlson, former Fox News opinion host, was the favorite of 4% of CPAC attendees. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., currently running for president as an independent, garnered 3% support. The other candidates listed in the straw poll each received 2% support: former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Trump's only remaining major rival for the Republican presidential nomination, and Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio.

With the exception of Carson and Kennedy, all the candidates included in the straw poll are at least 10 years younger than Trump. The former president will be 78 on Election Day 2024 and if he wins the election, he will be 82 when his second non-consecutive term expires on January 20, 2029.

Except for Vance and DeSantis, all vice presidential candidates included in the straw poll are either women and/or a religious or racial minority.

In addition to asking CPAC attendees who they wanted Trump to pick as his vice presidential running mate, the straw poll asked respondents who they supported in the ongoing contest between Trump and Haley.

Unsurprisingly, Trump won by an overwhelming margin, capturing 94% support to Haley's 5%. The RealClearPolitics average of polls conducted between January 31 and February 22 show Trump leading by a similarly large margin among Republican primary voters. Specifically, 77.3% of Republican voters prefer Trump, while 15.1% plan to support Haley.

The 2024 presidential election is now a little more than eight months away. The winner of the Republican presidential primary is expected to face Democrat Joe Biden in November's general election. The RealClearPolitics average of polls conducted between January 29 and February 22 examining the preferences of voters before the election, shows Trump leading Biden by 2.1 percentage points. Meanwhile, the RealClearPolitics average of polls conducted between January 17 and February 19 show Haley beating Biden by 4.9 percentage points.


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