Trump CPAC speech live: Donald in Dallas after winning straw poll

Former President Donald Trump is delivering the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Saturday afternoon.

Trump is closing out the three-day gathering, which featured fiery speeches from political strategist Steve Bannon, Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Tate Reeves (R-MS), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL), Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Ohio GOP Senate nominee J.D. Vance, Arizona GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and others.

Ahead of his speech, the former president topped the conference’s straw poll for who should be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. Trump led the straw poll of potential Republican candidates with 69% of attendees’ support, which CPAC said represented a double-digit jump from last year’s Texas version. DeSantis followed at 24%. No other potential candidate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who addressed the home-state crowd Friday to enthusiastic applause, broke 2%.

More than 60% of those surveyed listed election integrity as their top issue, which could also serve as a signal of Trump’s grip on the party. The issue that came in second place: the immigration crisis. Energy independence and constitutional rights came in third and fourth place, respectively.

Limited to attendees, generally strong fans of Trump, the CPAC straw poll is not reflective of the general electorate or even necessarily the wider Republican base. It does, however, offer a snapshot of the views of conservative activists.

Follow along here to see how the speech unfolds.

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