Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas will likely fail in his efforts to get Obamacare defunded but according to a new PPP poll released on September 27, 2013, he has won in a larger sense. Cruz is now the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
“PPP's newest national poll finds Ted Cruz is now the top choice of Republican primary voters to be their candidate for President in 2016. He leads the way with 20% to 17% for Rand Paul, 14% for Chris Christie, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, 4% for Bobby Jindal, and 3% each for Rick Santorum and Scott Walker.”
Not surprisingly the poll found that Cruz’s increase is most pronounced among conservative voters. Americans may disagree with the defund strategy while also opposing Obamacare. But more Americans, at least Republican primary voters, are warming the Ted Cruz.
The long term consequences years in advance of the Iowa Caucus are hard to predict. Democrats will no doubt pronounced themselves eager to run against Cruz, believing him to be too “extreme” to win in a general election. On the other hand Cruz’s long term viability, with Republicans and with Americans in general, will depend on hard to predict events and how the junior senator from Texas deals with them.