Sen. Ted Cruz Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Republican Conference

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the latest 2016 presidential straw poll at a conservative summit in Louisiana.

Cruz took 30 percent of the vote at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. He edged out conservative speaker and author Ben Carson.

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Saturday, May 31, 2014. (Image source: AP/Bill Haber)

Cruz promised delegates Saturday to continue his uncompromising approach on Capitol Hill; Carson did not speak at the conference.

Organizers at the annual conference said about a third of its 1,500 delegates voted in the straw poll. Delegates had to pay to register for the conference and vote in the straw poll.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Gov. Rick Perry trailed Cruz and Carson in the poll.

Here’s Cruz’s full speech at the conference: