Former Vice President Mike Pence found himself on the wrong end of a bunch of angry Republicans after he refused to follow then-President Donald Trump’s directions to refuse to certify the Electoral College votes that officially secured Joe Biden as the next President of the United States — a move that he wasn’t even legally able to make, even if he wanted to.
Since then, despite reports claiming that the pair are amicable these days, Trump had been pretty vocal in his disdain for his now-former right-hand man. In fact, many feel that it was Donald’s vocal grievances regarding the then-Vice President that help to ignite the violent, deadly January 6th riot that took place at the United States Capitol building. Quite literally, some of the insurrectionists showed up with gallows, chanting “Hang Mike Pence!”, and deliberately searched for him during the siege.
Now, it seems that their Dear Leader’s hatred towards his former VP has leached into the Republican party as a whole.
Each year, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conducts a straw poll for the next election. This poll typically gives bragging rights to the winners of the poll, allowing them to fundraise on the win. With more than three years between now and the 2024 presidential election, CPAC voters agreed that they want to see Donald Trump as their GOP nominee — though, only by a 55 percent margin, a seemingly small percentage, but a win all the same compared to Ted Cruz’s 2016 win at 40 percent and Marc Rubio’s at 30 percent.
However, Trump’s old right-hand guy didn’t come out so well.
This year’s straw poll also showed who the top Republicans are among CPAC voters, outside of Donald Trump. Of those listed, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has a pretty strong lead, while former VP Mike Pence came in at a humiliating 1 percent.
You can see the numbers here:
#CPAC2021 poll w/o Trump
Ron DeSantis: 43%
Kristi Noem: 11%
Don Jr: 8%
Mike Pompeo: 7%
Ted Cruz: 7%
Tucker Carlson: 3%
Josh Hawley: 3%
Nikki Haley: 3%
Rand Paul: 2%
… and Mike Pence: 1%
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 28, 2021