Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat former President Donald Trump in a poll earlier this month at the 2023 Young Republican National Convention , suggesting that the two candidates could face an uphill battle to win over the Republican Party’s younger cohort as they vie for the 2024 presidential election. nominate.
The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) held its annual convention August 16-20 in Dallas, Texas. The group focuses on registered Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40 “to provide them with better political knowledge and understanding of Republican issues.” day,” according to its website.
After the five-day convention, which featured speeches from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Congresswoman Kate Carmack and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Cary Lake, 36.6 percent of the conference Voters said they would like to see DeSantis become the next Republican presidential nominee. Trump trailed with 35.4 percent of the vote.
Other Republican candidates in the top five include businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (9.1 percent), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (7.5 percent) and South Carolina Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (5.5%).According to statistics, about 6% of participants said they would like someone else to be the next nominee poll results.
Trump’s lead over DeSantis and other Republicans has mostly been in double digits in recent months. The Emerson College poll, which has been tracking the 2024 election since last summer, found the former president still has the support of 50 percent of Republican voters, ahead of DeSanti, even as his approval rating fell to its lowest level. 38 percent.
Still, young Americans can play a vital role in elections, as they have done in recent years. The Brookings Institution estimates that if voters under the age of 45 turn out at the same rate in 2024 as they did in 2020, they could capture nearly half of the vote in the next general election.
Republican voters also appear to be drawn to younger candidates. Several polls conducted after the first Republican primary debate last week showed that the two youngest candidates on stage — DeSantis, 44, and Ramaswamy, 38 — were considered the top candidates. The “winners” of the two-hour event.
In one such poll Washington post/FiveThrityEight/Ipsos 29 percent of Republican voters surveyed said DeSantis won, while 26 percent chose Ramaswamy. Another poll by Leger new york post, Of the 1,800 self-identified Republican voters interviewed, 23 percent said they believed Ramaswamy was ahead, compared with 21 percent for DeSantis, the study found.
Trump, 77, was conspicuously absent in the first primary.
Weekly newspaper The campaigns of Trump and DeSantis were reached by email on Thursday for comment.