Over the weekend, the Centennial Institute’s annual Western Conservative Summit took place in Aurora, Colorado and a number of interesting developments occurred that could have a profound impact on the Republican Party.
According to The Washington Times, one of the developments included the results of a bombshell straw poll that showed former President Donald Trump being bested by mega-popular conservative Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The poll, organized by Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, revealed that the Florida governor snagged an impressive 71% approval rating from the conference’s attendees, with the former president nabbing a respectable 67%.
It’s the second year in a row that DeSantis has bested Trump.
Rounding out the top three was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who managed to garner 29% approval from those in attendance, proving he’s still a force to reckon with on the right.
Notably, former Housing Secretary Ben Carson managed to score 24% approval — an outstanding showing for not having much in the way of media attention or any major activities since leaving office.
“Summit attendees voted using a ranked-choice method that allowed them to make more than one choice,” the Times noted.
“The attendees of the Western Conservative Summit, organized by @CentennialCCU, a think tank associated with Colorado Christian University, approved of a potential DeSantis candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at 71%, with Trump coming in at 67%.” https://t.co/HyF0XPDVy1
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) June 5, 2022
The poll capped a two-day event during which a number of prominent conservative speakers, and at least one prominent Democrat — Tulsi Gabbard — spoke about the state of the nation, the state of the GOP, and the future of the party and where this country could be headed.
“We are proud”
Centennial Institute Director Jeff Hunt spoke of the event, which drew some 2,000 attendees.
“We are proud to be Americans,” Hunt said. “We are proud of our country’s founding principles and we plan to lead our communities.”
He added: “We are Western conservatives, which means we don’t wait around for Washington, D.C., to solve our problems. We solve our own problems.”