Despite some controversial beliefs coming to light, Mogg remains wildly popular amongst the Party activists
Earlier this week, live from Conservative Party Conference, journalist Jessica Elgot tweeted the results of a 'mock election for Party Chair.' The event was run by the Campaign for Conservative Democracy - an initiative by David Campbell-Bannerman, mirroring the Momentum call for more power to be handed to local associations.
Current chair Patrick McGloughlin, arch-Remainer Anna Soubry, Lord Ashcroft, and other notable names, battled it out with Rees-Mogg - the 'member for the 18th Century' won with four votes more than the entire opposition total.
Elgot proceeded to post photos from Mogg's conference fringe event - barely concealing her surprise that there was only standing room at an event run by a backbencher. Indeed, the photos seem more befitting of a popular Cabinet member (not that there are currently many) than a controversial backbencher, but the turnout is indicative of the standing Rees-Mogg still has in the Party - despite recent attacks on his views on gay marriage and abortion seemingly denting his appeal.
Activists have turned against the Party machine following a poor election campaign
Party activists have turned against the Party machine since the election - many disillusioned with the way the campaign was run and the lack of freedom they were allowed. For many, Rees-Mogg, as the archetypal Tory, is a banner they can rally around. Many believe that, as a backbencher with a large personal following, he could mirror the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party. Mogg's choice to place a photograph of Margaret Thatcher - whose ideas still dominate the Party - next to him at his conference event, are likely to only improve his ratings amongst the membership.
Though Mogg's star has fallen in recent weeks, he is still 11/2 (Oddschecker, MarathonBet) to be the next Conservative Party Leader.