Trump’s popularity among Republicans for the first time has been overtaken by that of Florida Governor Ron Desantis in a straw poll conducted at the 2023 Young Republican National Convention earlier this month, a sign that the two candidates may have a tough battle to win over the GOP’s younger set in their quest for the 2024 presidential nomination.
The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) hosted its annual convention in Dallas, Texas, from August 16 to August 20. The organization focuses on registered Republicans ages 18 to 40, to “provide them with better political knowledge and understanding of the issues of the day,” according to its website.
After the five-day convention—which included speeches from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Florida Congresswoman Kat Cammack, and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake —36.6 percent of the attendees indicated that they wanted to see DeSantis as the next Republican presidential candidate. Trump trailed with 35.4 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, the embattled former US president Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty in the Georgia Election fraud paving the way to appear in court next week. Trump is among 19 people charged with a conspiracy to overturn the US state’s 2020 vote results.
He turned himself in at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta last week, where he had his mugshot taken. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, describing the case as politically motivated.
In a court document filed on Thursday, Mr. Trump said he “fully understands” the nature of the allegations and his right to appear in court.” Understanding my rights, I do hereby freely and voluntarily waive my right to be present at my arraignment on the indictment and my right to have it read to me in open court,” the signed document says.
Mr Trump, the current frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has appeared at each of his three previous arraignments.
He was required to do so for the cases he is facing in New York and Florida and opted not to request a virtual appearance for a separate case in Washington DC