The results are in on the Values Voter Summit presidential straw poll, and it wasn’t even close.
For the third year in a row, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a principled constitutional conservative, easily defeated the crowded GOP presidential field among the large group of grassroots evangelical conservatives.
Ted Cruz received a whopping 35 percent of the vote from the attendees, followed by Dr. Ben Carson, who received just over half of Cruz’s support, at 18 percent.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, took third at 14 percent, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in fourth at 13 percent. Billionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump, who is the current frontrunner is all major national polls, came in a distant fifth place at only 5 percent.
Last year, Cruz edged Carson by only five percentage points, versus the 17 percent margin of Cruz’s victory this year, and is seen as a major victory for Cruz among evangelicals, a voting bloc Cruz has put great effort into mobilizing. Cruz believes evangelicals will be pivotal this election cycle with the Obama war on Christianity going full steam ahead.
Last month, Ted Cruz held a Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, Iowa, a key electorial state, standing with those who have had their First Amendment rights to religious liberty obliterated by Obama Regime and its gaystapo affiliates.
Cruz spoke at the event, as did seven of the other Republican presidential candidates, including Carson, Trump, Rubio, Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal.
“If you vote for me, under no circumstance will a nation led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants ‘death to America’ — under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons,” Cruz shouted during his fiery speech.
“And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins,” Cruz said during the speech to thunderous applause.