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On Sunday, former President Donald Trump won the Turning Point USA straw poll with 85% of the vote. While that isn’t much of a surprise, it was who won second that is of note.

After Trump’s 87.5%, amazingly, businessman Perry Johnson won second place polling ahead of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has been considered number two in this race this far.

“I don’t think it’s a huge surprise, but the winner of the straw poll with 85% is… Donald J. Trump is the winner of the Turning Point Action straw poll,” said Turning Points chief Charlie Kirk.

“But, the interesting question is who would win if not Trump, who would your next choice be…and the convention choice would be…the governor of Florida or Nikki Haley or Mike Pence..and the second place…with 50% Vivek Ramaswamy!” Kirk added.

Indeed, Johnson polled a bit ahead of DeSantis. Johnson received 7.8 percent of the vote while DeSantis only earned 4.3 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy came in at 2.0 percent’

Per Breitbart News:

About 3,000 attendees responded to the poll, half of the approximate 6,000 total attendees. Half of the attendees were between the ages of 18-21, while the other half were of varying ages.

Trump attended the event on Saturday, delivering a lengthy speech that covered a number of different topics. Meanwhile, DeSantis did not attend the event in his home state.

But Ramaswamy did better in another way.

“For attendees’ second preference, half of the respondents chose Vivek Ramaswamy, who also spoke at the conference and was swarmed by attendees afterwards. Twenty-one percent named Trump as their second choice, and 13.5% chose DeSantis,” Breitbart News added.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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