Greg Abbott’s potential presidential hopes may have suffered another blow this weekend, as the Texas governor had a meek showing in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s presidential straw poll in Dallas.

In a poll that excluded former President Donald Trump from the potential list of candidates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dominated with 68 percent of the vote. Abbott, meanwhile, only received 1 percent of the vote.

When Trump was added to the list of potential candidates, Abbott received 0 percent of the vote. Trump took 70 percent of the vote, DeSantis held 21 percent, and other candidates split the remainder. 

Notably, Abbott was originally slated to address the conference, but he later withdrew. Two of his challengers in the Republican primary—former State Sen. Don Huffines and former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—both delivered speeches to attendees.

Abbott received a similar showing earlier this year when the CPAC conference was held in Orlando, Florida.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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