Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll
October 12th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
11 months ago

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

Washington (CNN) - A year ago, he had never held elected office. Today, he is one of the country's top potential presidential candidates for 2016.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Values Voter Summit straw poll Saturday with a commanding 42% of the vote. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, finished in second place, one vote ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate. They effectively tied, with 13% of the vote each.


Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida rounded out the top five at 6% and 5%, respectively. GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential candidate from Wisconsin, finished just behind them.

Carson won the vice presidential straw poll, with 21%, four points ahead of Cruz's second place. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, placed third with 9%, and Paul and Rubio again rounded out the top five at 8% and 7%, respectively.

But the real story is Cruz, a freshman senator who has enjoyed a meteoritic rise to the top of the Republican Party's right wing. His first-place finish captured the highest percentage of votes since the straw poll began in 2007.

“The Values Voter straw poll reveals what conservative, Republican-leaning voters are looking for in a potential candidate," Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins said in a statement. The Family Research Council sponsors the conference. "Values voters are looking for those who will refuse to be bound by the ‘can’t mentality’ of the establishment and will challenge the status quo."

The Values Voter Summit, a political conference for social conservative activists and organizations, held its eighth annual conference in Washington. More than 2,200 people participated this year - although the whole event generates an even greater buzz on social media and in conservative circles across the country.


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Ryche

    I wonder how many lefties think this is just a ruse... That the tea party's just trying to cover up for their racist views... I guess we just need to read the rest of the comments to find out..

    October 12, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cruz is the number one choice of the nut house.

    October 12, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. norma jean

    Now that is a joke!!!!!!! Cruz is a "top,potential presidential candidate"????????.. Whomever said that is really living in a dream world!!!! If you check with the voters both Republican and Democrat.....you would find that they would be horrified for this to happen and are all making sure that it doesn't....This man cares not for the country nor its people ....he only cares how far he can get on the smallest amount of ability!!! ....All he can do is talk...and there is no limit of those [people....THIS PERSON.......{ I won't call him a man}..... WILL ;NEVER; BE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Evergreen

    Cruz/Carson 2016, a dream ticket for the democrates.

    October 12, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. roro

    I see the "values voters" are once again showing us just who they value – apparently only themselves. I'm sure Jesus would be appalled by their total lack of true Christian values.

    October 12, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. roro

    Does anyone out there know what sneaky stuff the Repugs have done? Just before closing down the government, they changed one of the house rules. One rule says that if there is a deadlock, ANYONE can put the vote on the floor. The Repugs sneakily changed it to say that only the speaker or his designee could do that. If they hadn't changed that rule, someone could have put it on the floor and there would have been no shutdown. And they continue to blame the Dems. I guess if you can't beat 'em – cheat 'em has become their motto.

    October 12, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. king

    these repubs doesn't seem to have a stragedy how to reduce the federal deficit other than cut government. lesson repubs everything in life is not black and white. their have to be some sort of stragedy how to go about reducing the deficit, which i doubt very much that what you guys want to accomplished, because of your hatred for this president. the only thing you guys are looking for is power, and undermining this president at every turn. i saw the compassion and admiration you guys showed the president of Russia over our president during the Syria incident. this shows me you guys have no intention of doing anything to show this president in a good light, so please stop the bull, and stop from acting like you guys are giving him some kind of good advice. this president has compromised so much with you guys and all i see is stab in the back at every turn. he adopted your health insurance for crying out loud and rejected his own party single payer program. lesson repubs why dont you guys open this government at your spending requirement which the dems has conceded to you guys, and put America back to work.

    October 12, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    They picked Huckabee in 2012 and Ron Paul in 2011 ... quite the track record ;)

    October 12, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. rs

    We obviously cannot take the GOP off of suicide watch just yet.....

    October 12, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. B

    What a bunch of mindless sheeple who are allowing themselves to be herded out into the wilderness and over a political cliff by this false prophet named Cruz.

    October 12, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. basedonfact

    About as relevant as who won the cosplay contest at comic con last year

    October 13, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. Thomas

    The above image say's it all

    Ted Cruz , the face and voice of Joe McCarthy with the hand gestures of Richard Nixon !

    Isn't it funny how time repeats itself !

    October 13, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  13. FubarObama

    Can't wait till 2016. Go Ted

    October 13, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. Name Uche Agonsi

    "the values voter straw poll reveals what conservative, Republican-leaning voers are looking for in a potential candidate"..... Cruz first, Carson second & miserable last for Ryan.......non for Christie and Jebb. However, the forgot Palin.
    ....... My God, is that really what these Republican Conservatives want, ANARCHISTS. I will give them the late Bin Laden, the Boston Bomber, Islamic Militants, and/or, even Snowden. And by the way, let them go for advert to seek out any name capable of critising the ACA for their list. What a miserable bunch of chaos-causing lunatics for US leadership.

    October 13, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  15. Allen kidwell

    Well I guess if the values are self promotion living to the public and defaming decorated veteran's a man that claims to be to good to waste time in the military

    October 13, 2013 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  16. A Kickin' Donkey

    There seems to be an almost 1:1 correlation between the lack of seriousness of a candidate's viability and how they finish in this poll. I'm willing to bet the order of finish last year was Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, Cain. I'll also bet Cain 'won' the VP poll which would signal that this group 1) consistently sees the minority as 2nd tier; andd that it took the elewction of Barack Obama for them to rise THAT high in the pecking order.

    October 13, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  17. Shanon

    Stay strong Ted! We the People are counting on you the like minded amongst.

    October 13, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  18. Alan S.

    This just goes to prove how unaware peope are of Consitutional Law. In order to "RUN" for the Office of President you must be at least 35 Years of age and you must be an American Born Citizen born on American Soil. Sorry Ted, Canada doesn't qualify! Even if both parents were American. The LAW IS THE LAW. These people all need both history leasons and psychotherapy.

    October 13, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  19. Marian08

    I'm really embarrassed for these low information voters.

    October 13, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  20. G

    America,s hitler

    October 13, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. Dennis Freeman

    Some values...

    October 13, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Mike in Texas

    My guess is almost all of these people who voted for Ted Cruz are birthers who think Obama is not eligible to be President. If so, I would like to hear their rationalization for thinking Ted Cruz is eligible for President. Let the spin begin.

    October 13, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. What's in that tea anyway?

    Anyone surprised this turd won at a Klan rally?

    October 13, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Dencamb

    Cruz for president Bachmann for VP PLEASE signed a delighted Democrat

    October 13, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Love the rebranding of the Republican Tea Party. Their national voter base continues to shrink into oblivion. They have a perfect formula for losing the 2016 presidential contest.

    October 13, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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