Ted Cruz walked away with the win in the Values Voter Summit straw poll. Cruz won 42% of the vote, with Rick Santorum and Dr Ben Carson taking 13% each. Rand Paul took 6% and Rubio took 5%.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, relayed a message from Ted Cruz:
“I just spoke with Senator Cruz and he wanted me to convey to you his deep appreciation for your enthusiastic and warm welcome yesterday — and that he was very grateful to know that there are Americans across the country who are standing with him as he stands for your values here in Washington, D.C.”
Cruz has become very popular among conservatives in spite of the trouble he has with the old bulls in the party, or possibly because of it. He has been thoroughly Palinized, a term borne of the republican cannibalism that took place after she was named to run on the ticket with John McCain.
Cruz' appearance at the Values Voter Summit was a smashing success and he was welcomed with open arms. This is an important demographic since 3 million of them stayed home during the 2012 election, and gave President Obama a second term. Any republican wanting to win in 2016 must make sure this group goes out and votes.
Cruz received multiple standing ovations and the crowd shouted out, "tyranny" every time Cruz mentioned the president. Cruz told the crowd that America was just two years from oblivion unless there was radical change: "to stop that train wreck, that disaster, that nightmare that is Obamacare."
Cruz had to deal with hecklers, whom he referred to as Obama paid political operatives. They were shouted down and promptly removed from the venue.