When it comes to the grassroots, it is hard to deny Ted Cruz’s appeal. I find myself aligned with him on almost all issues so it comes as no surprise to me. Straw polls aren’t necessarily indicative of how anything works out when voters go to polls but it does give a sense of how enthusiastic supporters are. In the case of the Senate Conservatives Fund straw poll, Cruz is the winner by far:
Sen. Ted Cruz won the Senate Conservatives Fund’s 2016 presidential straw poll with 65 percent of the vote, beating out real estate mogul Donald Trump by a wide margin.
The conservative group polled its members on Saturday on the Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential primary. In an email to members obtained by POLITICO, the SCF said that Cruz won by a wide margin with 65 percent of the vote, followed by Trump with 25 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 3.44 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio with 3.11 percent.
“The strong showing by Cruz appears to track with what we’re seeing in the presidential race at large where the grassroots are uniting behind Cruz, while he is splitting some anti-establishment voters with Trump,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in announcing the result.
This is great just to rub Trump’s nose in it and say what a loser he is.
Cuccinelli, who endorsed Cruz in December, added that the fund did not plan to endorse in the primary, but the results did signal something important.
“While SCF does not plan to endorse a candidate in this race, these results should encourage all of us to keep fighting for principled candidates in the Senate and House races who will stand up to the Washington establishment,” Cuccinelli continued.
I’m sure Senator Cruz will tout this, as he should.
It’s something however, that John Kasich finished ahead of Marco Rubio.