Students weigh on Trump-DeSantis 2024 GOP primary matchup

At the recently-held Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Fox News asked students who they would like to see as the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

According to Fox News, the winner was former President Donald Trump. 

Fox admitted that the survey was far from perfect: the sample size was small, and, accordingly, it might not represent the view of Republican students across the country — or even the view of Republican students at the conference.

But, the outlet did say that Trump was clearly the winner. And, that’s really no surprise as just about every poll has been saying the same thing.

“Donald Trump”

Fox appears to have carried out the survey by simply interviewing Republican students at the conference. Fox quoted several of the students that it interviewed in its report.

Those who said that they wanted to see Trump as the Republican nominee in 2024 usually said that they want Trump to run because they believe that he can fix the problems caused by the Biden administration.

Many of the students who did not choose Trump chose Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). At least one student chose DeSantis because of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump and DeSantis were not the only individuals chosen by the students. At least one student said that she would like to see Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as the Republicans’ 2024 nominee. But, it appears that Trump and DeSantis were the clear favorites.

It’s a two-horse race

This informal student survey seems to match the results of the straw poll that was held at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit.

Those in attendance were asked: “if Donald Trump did run and the 2024 Republican presidential primary offers the following choices, for whom would you vote?”

Trump was the overwhelming favorite, receiving 78.7% of the vote. Second place went to DeSantis with 19%. After Trump and DeSantis, the next highest vote-getter was South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) with 1%.

It’s pretty clear that there is a two-horse race for the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Trump, it ought to be noted, still has yet to announce his presidency. But, he seems to have made it clear that he will do so – it’s just a matter of when.

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