The results are in for the 2016 CPAC presidential straw poll and it wasn’t even close.
On Saturday afternoon, American Conservative Union (ACU) chairman Matt Schlapp announced that constitutional conservative Ted Cruz crushed bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump. Below are the final CPAC straw poll results.
- Ted Cruz : 40%
- Marco Rubio : 30%
- Donald Trump: 15%
- John Kasich 8%
Of those who voted in the poll, 66 percent considered themselves Reagan conservatives, 28 percent identified as libertarian conservatives, and 6 percent said they were populist conservatives.
On Friday, Donald Trump, who claims to be a conservative but supports several very liberal ideas, announced that he was skipping out on the largest annual gathering of conservative grassroots activists in the nation, even though he was scheduled to speak on Saturday morning at the event.
Cruz, Rubio and John Kasich spoke during the conference, as did Ben Carson who officially announced the end of his presidential campaign.