Republican women choose Trump as top presidential pick in OKC convention poll

By: - October 2, 2023 2:59 pm

Women look at items for sale at the National Federation of Republican Women’s biennial convention. (Photo by Mindy Ragan Wood/Oklahoma Voice)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Donald Trump was the most popular choice to become the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee, according to the results of a straw poll of GOP women released Monday.

Over half of the National Federation of Republican Women convention-goers polled said Trump had their support. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was endorsed by Gov. Kevin Stitt, came in second place, followed by former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to the poll of the largest grassroots GOP women’s group.  

The group, which has over 60,000 members, will not formally endorse a candidate until after the GOP primary. Over 1,200 women attended the three-day biennial conference that ended Sunday in Oklahoma City. 

Securing the southern border was the most important issue for 55% of the women in attendance. The second most pressing was reining in government spending, but only 10% of women cited that as a top priority. Job creation and growing the economy was another top issue, followed by inflation, abortion and concerns about the rising influence of China. 

Over 75% of women polled reported feeling increased financial stress compared to a year ago. 

— Oklahoma Voice staff

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Janelle Stecklein
Janelle Stecklein

Janelle Stecklein is editor of Oklahoma Voice. An award-winning journalist, Stecklein has been covering Oklahoma government and politics since moving to the state in 2014.