CPAC: Ramaswamy, Gabbard popular choices for Trump’s VP

Ramaswamy secured 15 percent votes from 1,478 CPAC attendees while Gabbard received 9 percent support

Ramaswamy(left) and Gabbard(Right) / Image – X/@vivekgramaswamy/

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wrapped up  with a straw poll asking attendees to choose Donald Trump’s running mate in the upcoming presidential elections.

Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who was in the running for the Republican nomination until January 15, 2024, turned out to be the popular choice alongside South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Ramaswamy and Noem tied in the CPAC poll with 15 percent support each from the 1,478 attendees at the event. Gabbard, who left the Democratic party last year and is reportedly in talks for a ticket as Trump’s running mate, was the third choice with 9 percent of the total votes, followed by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, both tied for fourth place with 8 percent votes.

During a recent town hall with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, Trump had confirmed six candidates to be on the “shortlist” to be his running mate including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis; Scott; Ramaswamy; Florida Rep. Byron Donalds; Noem; and Gabbard. “Honestly all of those people are good. They’re all good. They’re all solid,” Trump said.

Trump certain to win GOP nomination: Straw poll

The straw poll, announced at the end of the four-day conference, also had a question about who would win the GOP nomination at the end of the primary elections. The results were in line with those of the several national polls which state Trump as the frontrunner.

The unofficial vote at the CPAC found that 94 percent of voters picked Trump compared to 4 percent who supported Haley. The latter lost the primary elections recently in her home state of South Carolina against Trump. However, she declared her determination to not quit the race until the Super Tuesdays.

“I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Trump and Biden. In the next 10 days, 21 states and territories will speak. They have the right to a real choice, not a Soviet-style election with only one candidate. And I have a duty to give them that choice,” Haley posted on X after Trump won South Carolina.