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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Christie shut out in Michigan presidential straw poll

Ex-N.J. governor barely registering anywhere as he explores second White House bid

By David Wildstein, August 31 2022 1:50 pm

Chris Christie received no votes in a straw poll of potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates at the Michigan Republican State Convention on Saturday, the latest signal that there is no real support for the former New Jersey governor to make a second bid for the presidency.

Former President Donald Trump won the straw poll by a 56%-34% margin over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Five other potential contenders – former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Liz Cheney – polled what were described as “insignificant numbers.”

Christie ran for president in 2016 and dropped out the day after receiving just 7% of the vote and no delegates in the New Hampshire primary.  One part of Trump’s inner circle and a real candidate for White House chief of staff, Christie is now one of Trump’s top GOP critics.

He has not dismissed speculation that he will run in 2024.

Christie also didn’t register in a 2015 straw poll at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference sponsored by The Detroit News and MIRS.  Rand Paul won that poll by a 22%-15% margin over Carly Fiorina, followed by John Kasich (14%), Cruz (13%) and Jeb Bush (10%).  Trump, Christie and Marco Rubio skipped the conference.

The straw poll was sponsored by the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), an independent news organization.

Polls of likely Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire conducted by Rick Shaftan’s Neighborhood Research put Christie at 0%.  Trump has solid leads in both states.

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