Conservatives from throughout the state of Michigan flocked to Mackinac Island this weekend for the state’s biennial Republican Leadership Conference.

Aside from taking within the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron or having fun with a one-of-a-kind journey again in time on the island’s “Grand Hotel,” attendees additionally heard from big-name Republicans from throughout the nation — together with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

While the assembly is supposed to function a possibility for Michigan Republicans to alternate concepts and chart the occasion’s path ahead, the occasion’s secret-ballot straw poll offers an unofficial indication as to who Michiganders want to see atop the Republican ticket in 2024.

To no one’s shock, former President Donald J. Trump took the highest spot with 47.5%. That’s according to The Detroit News which sponsored the straw poll.

While heads and shoulders above another potential candidate, the mark is decrease than the previous President’s vote-share at CPAC in Dallas in July the place he took house 70% of the vote. By comparability, the forty fifth President secured 55% of the vote at February’s CPAC in Orlando.

About 740 individuals, all Republicans, have been surveyed for this weekend’s poll, based on The Detroit News.

The second-highest vote-getter was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with about 25% of the vote — constant with his straw poll performances at each CPACs this 12 months. Both CPACs, nonetheless, included polls with a possible record of candidates that didn’t embrace former President Trump’s title. DeSantis was the clear winner at each conferences in these polls.

Rounding out the highest 5 in Mackinac: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem completed third with 8% of the vote, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 6% as did former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

In phrases of the affect former President Trump holds over Michigan Republicans, 44% mentioned a Trump endorsement wouldn’t influence whether or not they help a candidate or not.

In phrases of the problems Republican voters on the conference discovered to be most necessary, The Detroit News stories that 28% selected “election integrity,” which ended up topping the record. Taxes and spending adopted shut behind at 25%, abortion acquired 11% of the vote and inflation garnered 10%.

In phrases of combatting COVID-19, 56% of respondents mentioned authorities doesn’t have a job in mitigating the pandemic.