The CPAC Straw Poll is a good bellwether of who movement conservatives are going to support moving forward.
The winner is often solidified as THE candidate for the conservative movement.
Trump skipped the event, though many thought he would still win the poll.
Here are the results for President, VP, and what the Senate should do about the Supreme Court vacancy
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.
Cruz was named the winner with 40 percent of the attendees’ support, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second place with 30 percent. Donald Trump, who was scheduled to speak at CPAC on Saturday morning before pulling out, came in third place with 15 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich had 8 percent.
And who do the people want for veep? South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has 12 percent, Haley has endorsed Rubio, and traveled with him on the trail. Kasich may not have placed high for the Oval Office but he’s tied for first for vice president. Carly Fiorina – who dropped out of the race earlier this month – is a close second with 11 percent of the vote. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Rubio are tied for third place with 9 percent a piece.
Attendees also weighed in on the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Antonin Scalia died. Eighty-two percent sided with Republican Senate leadership who are calling for a hold on the nominee until the new president takes power. Just 12 percent thought they should break with leadership and allow for a vote, 6 percent were unsure.
I’m surprised Trump did so poorly, also surprised that conservatives were so anxious to get behind Nikki Haley as the VP nominee.
Interesting times, for sure!