Former President Trump easily topped the field in the GOP presidential nomination straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but another big winner at the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activist and leaders was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis."Twenty-one percent is a pretty impressive number when you’re up against President Trump," Fox News contributor and veteran GOP consultant Karl Rove noted. DeSantis, a first-term governor and Trump ally who’s become very popular among conservatives nationwide the past year for his resistance to lockdowns and COVID restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, easily topped a second straw poll that didn’t include Trump. DeSantis finished with 43% support in the hypothetical nomination showdown, with another strong Trump supporter, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, finishing second at 11%. Everyone else named in the straw poll finished in single digits.