Ted Cruz crushes competition in 2016 presidential straw poll

This happened about 10 days ago but I think it’s worth noting because our straw poll essentially yielded the same result, and that’s with 4 times the number of votes:

HUFFINGTON POST – Although U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has not expressed interest in running for president in 2016, he overwhelmingly won the support of conservatives at Colorado Christian University’s fourth-annual Western Conservative Summit over the weekend.

The star speaker of the conservative conference, Cruz garnered 45 percent of the 504 votes cast and handily capturing the lead in the straw poll over Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — who delivered the keynote address at the summit and gathered 13 percent of the vote. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and former Florida Rep. Allen West (R) both tied for third with only 9 percent of the vote.

Paul didn’t attend the summit while West was a featured speaker on Sunday.

So, with this level of support, would Cruz consider making a run for the 2016 GOP nomination for president?

“At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said over the weekend, The Washington Times reports. “And the reason is simple: The Senate’s the battlefield. The Senate is where these fights are being fought,” Cruz added. “So I’m devoting my time, number one, to trying to stand up for free-market principles and the Constitution.”


On a side note, Ted Cruz was interviewed by TIME where he spoke about several things, including his views on foreign policy. I’ll spoil the surprise – he’s not an isolationist like Peter King keeps saying. You can read the interview here.

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