Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly defeated former President Donald Trump in a straw poll held at the 2023 Young Republican National Convention earlier this month, indicating that former President Trump may face a more difficult battle to win over the party’s younger generation than previously thought.
From August 16 to August 20, Dallas, Texas, played host to the annual convention of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF).
In order to provide them with better political knowledge the organization concentrates on registered Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40, according to its website.
36.6 percent of attendees said they preferred DeSantis to be the next Republican presidential candidate after the five-day conference, which featured addresses from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Florida Congresswoman Kat Cammack, and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. With 35.4 percent of the vote, Trump fell behind.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (9.1 percent), former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (7.5 percent), and South Carolina senator Tim Scott (5.5 percent) were the other GOP contenders polling in the top five.
According to the poll’s findings, about 6% of participants wanted someone else to be the next nominee.
As they have in recent years, young Americans could have a significant impact on the outcome of the election.
According to the Brookings Institution, voters under 45 might make up over half of the electorate in the following general election if they turn out at the same rate in 2024 as they did in 2020.