NEW ORLEANS, LA – GOP presidential hopefuls, past and present, gathered in New Orleans to try out some new rhetoric and maybe get some free publicity out of the Republican Leadership Conference get-together.
The 2016 presidential elections are still two-and-a-half years away, and just about the only thing for sure is that President Obama will not be on the ballot.
Texas senator Ted Cruz hasn’t said if he wants a shot at the White House, but an informal poll of leadership conference attendees put Cruz on top with 30.33% of the straw votes.
Ben Carson, a physician and political commentator, was only about 1% behind Cruz.
Kentucky senator Rand Paul was a distant third with 10.4%.
Rounding out the top five were former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee with 5.06%, and Texas’ own Rick Perry pulling just 4.9% of the straws.
Even though this was a straw poll, presidential hopefuls will make hay out of it and those to come over the next 36 long months of campaigning.