The 2014 Republican Leadership Conference wrapped up this weekend in New Orleans, and Sen. Ted Cruz emerged as the winner of the event’s presidential straw poll, barely edging out Dr. Ben Carson.
Rounding out the top five were Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Rick Perry. Gov. Chris Christie came in last with only 1.11 percent of the vote.
Carson’s second place finish is especially impressive considering he did not appear at the event; Cruz was a featured speaker who drew a capacity crowd and several standing ovations.
Cruz easily won the 2013 Values Voter Summit straw poll with 42 percent of the vote. Sen. Rand Paul ran away with the CPAC straw poll in March with 31 percent support and topped the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw poll with 15 percent of the vote.