Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came out on top of an approval voting straw poll held at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, Saturday. The poll shows governor and former President Donald Trump neck-and-neck, with DeSantis coming out ahead by less than 3%.
Participants of the poll voted for 31 potential presidential candidates that they approve of for the upcoming 2024 presidential election, Fox News reported. DeSantis scored the highest approval rating with 74%, defeating Trump who came in second with 71%, according to the poll.
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in third with 43%, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 39% and Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott with 36%, according to the poll. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in 10th place with 21%.
Out of the potential Democratic contenders, former First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren were tied at 3%, followed by President Joe Biden’s with a 2% approval rating, according to the poll.