Dr. Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Carson, who formally announced his candidacy for president less than three weeks ago, finished with 25.4% of the vote according to a press release. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz finished second and third with 20.5% and 16.6% of the vote, respectively.
Rounding out the top ten were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (5.3%) of the vote, former Texas Governor Rick Perry (5.0%), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (4.9%), Sen. Rand Paul (4.1%), Sen. Marco Rubio (4.1%), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (4.1%), an Carly Fiorina (2.7%). The full results of the straw poll can be viewed here.
The poll surveyed 958 attendees of the SRLC and was conducted by SoonerPoll.com. In April, SRLC conference chairman said, “This year’s event is unprecedented because of its proximity to the 2016 presidential race for which the SRLC Straw Poll will play a key role in gauging very involved Republican primary voters.”