NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Former President Donald Trump won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll for the sixth consecutive time on Saturday. Trump received 62% of the vote in the informal poll. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis placed second with 20%. 

Trump closed out the conference with a lengthy address, vowing to “complete the mission,” while taking shots at Republican senators Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell. 

Could Trump’s divisive rhetoric or his base’s unwavering support cost the Republican Party as it aims to take back the White House in 2024? We pooled attendees’ thoughts on the former president and the upcoming election.