Over the course of the last several days, the Conservative Political Action Conference brought us a number of rather profound moments that will likely impact the coming 2024 presidential election in a number of ways.
Between speeches from contenders such as Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, Republicans participated in a number of think thanks and surveys, hoping to provide a clearer example of what the constituents are looking for in the coming years.
And, when it came to choosing a potential Vice Presidential candidate, a rather surprising name floated to the top.
Former Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake won a straw poll for the Republican vice presidential pick during the Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) this weekend.
Among a field of 28 candidates, Lake won the poll with 20 percent of the vote, beating former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis received 14 percent of the vote, and Haley, who announced her bid for the White House last month, won 10 percent.
But Lake’s continued electoral battles in Arizona would prevent her from accepting such an offer if it were to come to fruition.
Lake, who was also a featured speaker at CPAC’s Ronald Reagan Dinner over the weekend, has refused to accept her loss in the governor’s race last November and is challenging the election results in court.
Her official campaign Twitter account responded to the CPAC straw poll results by suggesting she’d be unable to serve in the role.
“We’re flattered, but unfortunately our legal team says the Constitution won’t allow for her to serve as Governor and VP at the same time,” it said.
As it stands today, only former President Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have officially announced their campaigns for the White House, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis almost undoubtedly preparing his own announcement for the coming weeks.