Texas Sen. Ted Cruz should be used to winning the Values Voter Summit straw poll by now, but the guys who came in last can’t be used to losing.
Cruz easily came out on top of Saturday’s vote in Washington, D.C.
Again — Cruz has won for three consecutive years.
“I am humbled and honored to have the support of so many Christian Conservatives,” the candidate said in a statement. “But in order for our values to truly be represented in the White House, it’s going to take millions of Christians encouraging each other to get involved and, most importantly, to vote.”
To the surprise of few, Cruz drew 35 percent of the votes cast at annual gathering of social conservatives, according to the Washington Times. Ben Carson was the closest competitor, drawing 18 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third with 14 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio placed fourth with 13 percent.
As for the front-runner, Trump wobbled across the finish line in fifth place, with 5 percent of the vote — putting him well ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who only received 7 total votes in the stroll poll. As bad as that is, it beats New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who brought up the rear with 0 percent.
The straw poll results are a nice boost for Cruz, who’s just outside the top tier in most presidential polling. Of all the candidates, Cruz is perhaps the fiercest defender of religious liberty, so it’s only natural that evangelicals embrace him.
The event, attended by 2,700 registered guests, was hosted by Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, who said the results are a harbinger of what’s to come in the months ahead in the presidential election.
“The Values Voters Summit is not just a snapshot of social conservatives across the country. It is social conservative influencers,” he said. “These are people who take time and resources to come here, who are engaged. They go back home and they are influencers.”
“So this is more reflective of what may be coming a few months down the road, as opposed to where the general social conservative community is today,” Perkins added.
Cruz showed his appreciation on social media and his supporters were quick to express their happiness over the results, to the chagrin of a sea of liberal trolls.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 26, 2015
@tedcruz We are blessed to have you fighting for truth and liberty. Cruz Cruz 2016 baby!
— Rock (@1Rock777) September 27, 2015
— Charlie Davis (@Charcin34Davis) September 27, 2015
— Mark G. Burg (@markgburg) September 27, 2015
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