Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) won the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, Saturday, with neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson coming in a close second.
Chris Christie came in dead last with 1.1% of the vote. The other establishment favorite, Jeb Bush fared slightly better with 4.42% of the vote.
The conference was held in New Orleans, this weekend and attended by Republican Party activists, elected officials, and candidates for office.
The full results via the Right Scoop:
In the straw poll, 633 ballots were cast, which was attended by more than 1,500 people. The results were as follows:
Via The Washington Post:
In total, 65 percent of ballots were cast for minority candidates — Cruz, Carson, Rubio and former congressman Allen West (R-Fla.), who spoke at the conference and took 2 percent of the vote as a write-in.
Here is Senator Cruz’s well received speech: