(CNN) – Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders.
The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week.
Cruz finished in first place in the annual conference’s presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Dr. Ben Carson, a Fox News commentator and conservative activist, finished in second with 29.38% while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was third with 10.43%.
So Cruz barely beats out Dr. Carson, who still hasn’t repudiated his weird notions about the Second Amendment and American liberties, by a mere point? Among conservatives?
Goody. Looks like we’ll have another Santorum-Gingrich-Perry-Etc. bloodletting among the hard right, while somebody like Jeb Bush sneaks off with the nomination, and then gets his ass kicked in the general. Again.
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