Yes, Trump won the CPAC straw poll. That doesn’t mean what you think.

Source: Washington Post
by Henry Olsen

“Former president Donald Trump’s supporters are touting his victory in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll as yet more proof that their man is unstoppable. History, however, suggests otherwise. It’s true that Trump demolished his closest competitor, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by a whopping 62-20 margin. … a 42 percentage point lead over a man who often defeats Trump in national surveys of Republican primary voters is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, however, this seemingly good news is a historic harbinger of defeat. The CPAC straw poll has been conducted regularly for decades. The winner of the poll conducted in the year just before a presidential election in which there is no Republican incumbent has always gone on to lose the primary contest.” (03/07/23)