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Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention
Texas Tribune ^ | June 7, 2014 | John Reynolds

Posted on 06/08/2014 4:33:07 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

FORT WORTH — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz easily won the presidential preference straw poll held at the Texas GOP’s state convention Saturday, crushing outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and several other early contenders for the 2016 nomination.

Cruz took 43.4 percent of the vote, according to results announced at the close of the convention. Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan, came in second with 12.2 percent, edging Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who came in third place with 12.1 percent. In something of a surprise, Perry, who made a failed presidential attempt in 2012, came in fourth place with 11.7 percent.

Attendees cast ballots on secure iPads over the course of the convention at a pair of kiosks on the convention center grounds. 

With the 2016 presidential field far from being defined, voters faced a ballot with 14 names. Some names, like Perry and Cruz, were very familiar. Others, like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Iowa Congressman Steve King, maybe weren’t as familiar.

So early in the game, the excitement for the poll concerned how well Cruz and Perry would do. The sense was that Cruz, who was a high-profile presence at the convention on Friday, would win easily. He followed up an enthusiastically received speech in the morning with an extended stay in the exhibit hall, where he held court at an eye-grabbing booth in the center of the floor. He was joined by his father, Rafael Cruz, who is a Tea Party favorite in his own right.

Perry, meanwhile, kept his footprint at the convention small. After giving his speech on Thursday, which was also well received, he left for Austin, where he got back in time to tweet a photo of himself from the X Games competition. Perry’s speech was widely viewed as a table-setter for a second run for the White House.

Paul spoke at the convention on Friday afternoon and projected a more casual air, roaming the stage sans jacket. He mixed barbed humor — including a joke that President Barack Obama should have traded five Democrats instead of five Taliban for captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl — along with a slightly muted version of the libertarian stances of his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

The poll results on Saturday punctuated an eventful two years for Cruz. He came to the state convention in 2012 locked in a runoff contest with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Senate seat being vacated by then-U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz had lost the first round of voting. But the convention confirmed that he had captured the momentum that would drive him to victory in July of that year.

The other rumored 2016 contenders on the straw poll, such as Chris Christie or Jeb Bush, didn’t have a presence at the convention.

Bush was in fifth place with 3.3 percent, well behind the first group of candidates. He was followed by Scott Walker (2.9 percent), Marco Rubio (2.6 percent), Paul Ryan (2 percent), Rick Santorum (1.9 percent), Bobby Jindal (1.7 percent) and Christie (1.3 percent).

The remaining three — Mike Pence, Kasich and King — all received less than 1 percent of the vote.


TOPICS: Issues
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; 2016strawpolls; cruz; cruz2016; tedcruz
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1 posted on 06/08/2014 4:33:07 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; aposiopetic; crazycatlady; killermosquito; tpmintx; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

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2 posted on 06/08/2014 4:33:50 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Jeb Bush at an astounding 3.3%.The establishment types will push him on us anyway.


3 posted on 06/08/2014 4:37:58 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SoConPubbie
IIRC, the pres and vp can not be from the same state. If Cruz takes it, I'd have to think about it.

What is good is that we have new blood available and some real good guys.

4 posted on 06/08/2014 4:39:47 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Farmer Dean

Wish these polls were reflected all over. I think Ben Carson would make a great running mate for Ted Cruz.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 4:41:11 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: Farmer Dean
Jeb Bush at an astounding 3.3%.The establishment types will push him on us anyway.

Please. Let's make sure they DON'T do that.

6 posted on 06/08/2014 4:41:28 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is also my favorite. I consider him right on every issue on which I’ve heard him speak.

Between Perry and Rand Paul, I’d go with Perry over Paul.

I’d go with Paul over Jeb Bush.

I haven’t mentioned the fully acceptable possibilities who also include: Sarah Palin, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen Mike Lee.

Those I will tolerate: Susanna Martinez, Perry, Bachman,

Those I who are on my radar who have problems but meet a low threshold but are far better than Hillary: Scot Walker, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum,

Those who don’t measure up at all: Christie, Pence, Romney,


7 posted on 06/08/2014 4:42:51 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: samtheman

How do we stop them?They have made it abundantly clear that THEY make the important decisions,we’re here to provide money and votes.


8 posted on 06/08/2014 4:44:31 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

By sticking together and not fragmenting our vote the way we conservatives did in 2012. To me the obvious way to do that is to all of us swear allegiance to the idea that the winner of the SC primary gets ALL our support, SC being the first truly conservative primary of the season.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 4:48:07 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: xzins
I'm with you about Jeff Sessions. He's an elder statesman of the US Senate, maybe the only one who has not lost his conservative values in his time in DC. He was with Ted Cruz during his 21 hours, and his presence provided mainstream credentials for Cruz.

I'd be comfortable with an elder statesman who's been on top of foreign affairs for a few decades, which Sessions provides. That seems to be Cruz's weakness.....but Cruz is a very bright guy and he'll fill in those gaps quickly.

10 posted on 06/08/2014 4:54:09 PM PDT by grania
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To: SoConPubbie

Palin, Cruz, or LOSE.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 4:54:31 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SoConPubbie
Bush was in fifth place

GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!

12 posted on 06/08/2014 4:55:43 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're yelling "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: xzins
Except Perry and Cruz are from the same state. That would eliminate the Texas electors from casting their votes.

I do think Perry would be good as an advisor to President Cruz.

13 posted on 06/08/2014 4:57:55 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: grania

Sen Jeff Sessions absolutely impresses me again and again. I do think he actually cares about the nation.

Susanna Martinez surprised me recently. She is standing strongly for life and is getting hammered for it. “New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber told a group of political supporters that state voters need to send pro-life Gov. Susana Martinez back to “wherever she really came from.””

She spoke vehemently against women considering abortion not being given the other side about how it hurts them. She described partial birth abortion as abhorrent and asked how anyone cannot see that that baby is born.

In a state that tilts toward the democrats that takes guts. I’d like to hear more about her on other issues.


14 posted on 06/08/2014 5:04:03 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie
Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan (who is rather wobbly on 2A), came in second with 12.2 percent
15 posted on 06/08/2014 5:04:54 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Sacajaweau
That would eliminate the Texas electors from casting their votes.

I don't understand that comment. Can you explain it? Thanks. (Honest question.)

16 posted on 06/08/2014 5:05:16 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Sen Jeff Sessions was borked by Dems when Pres Reagan nominated him to the Fed Judiciary then ran for senate and won then joined the very judiciary committee that voted against him...gotta to love that!


17 posted on 06/08/2014 5:09:53 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: xzins

http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution/the-amendments/amendment-12-choosing-the-president-vice-president


18 posted on 06/08/2014 5:11:00 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Got it. Thanks, sacajaweau. You’re saying one of them can’t be the presidential candidate and the other be the vice presidential.


19 posted on 06/08/2014 5:17:28 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: RginTN

If Pres Reagan liked him, then that’s all I need to know. Last Thursday, I believe, was the one decade anniversary of Pres Reagan’s passing.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 5:22:10 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Farmer Dean

They will still pretend that 3.3% Jeb is the only one who can win. lol


21 posted on 06/08/2014 5:23:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: xzins

I will vote for any or all of them, they would all be better then what we are stuck with now.


22 posted on 06/08/2014 5:25:34 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: samtheman

Or maybe support the top non-RINO from SC?

I don’t see myself caring to vote for many of them besides a Cruz or Palin


23 posted on 06/08/2014 5:25:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Big Horn; P-Marlowe

I agree with the one who said above that conservatives need to use the first conservative state as their decision point. Whichever conservative wins South Carolina, all others are dropped and we get behind that one candidate.

Otherwise, we allow the gop-e again to divide and conquer. I would like to see conservatives candidates agree to that and to drop out and to endorse themselves the S Carolina winner.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 5:33:38 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: RS_Rider

Wish these polls were reflected all over. I think Ben Carson would make a great running mate for Ted Cruz.

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Last week Dr Ben Carson came in second to Cruz in the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Cruz 30.33%.
Carson 29.38%
Paul 10.43%.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/31/cruz-convinced-gop-to-retake-congress-this-fall/


25 posted on 06/08/2014 6:39:07 PM PDT by deport
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To: xzins
Got it. Thanks, sacajaweau. You’re saying one of them can’t be the presidential candidate and the other be the vice presidential.

Actually they can be. The problem is that Texas electors wouldn't be able to vote for both of them... well, unless one of them makes a quick move out of Texas like Cheney did.

If the Dems keep control of the Senate, it could result in a strange case of a Republican president and a Democratic VP because without a majority the Senate would vote for the VP from the top two choices.

26 posted on 06/08/2014 7:01:35 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I stand with Ted


27 posted on 06/08/2014 7:37:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: grania
Sessions, from my state of AL, is our former attorney general. I would like to see him appointed Atty. Gen. as he knows and adheres to the Constitution and laws of the land. He also brought with him a very savvy staff.

He and his staff almost singlehandedly stopped the last amnesty push by getting on the floor and in front of a tv camera every chance and pointing out all the places in the document that great claims by the Dems and other proponents of the measure proposed some waiting period or fine and then, a few paragraphs down, made an escape clause. It gave away the farm, as Jebbie is likely to do.

NO MORE SHRUBS!

vaudine

28 posted on 06/08/2014 7:38:24 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: SoConPubbie

This must be another sign that Cruz is just part of the fringe/minority like the GOPe and the Democrats keep telling us.

;-)


29 posted on 06/09/2014 5:33:34 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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