In the key electoral state of Iowa, the first official test of voter loyalty which occurs on February 1, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has taken a commanding lead over bombastic billionaire Donald Trump according to a new poll from the Des Moines Register late Saturday night.
“Seven weeks from the [Iowa] caucuses, Ted Cruz is crushing it in Iowa,” the Des Moines Register reports.
Ted Cruz has taken a whopping 10-point lead over longtime national frontrunner Donald Trump, according to the new poll, with Dr. Ben Carson slipping back, but still in third place ahead of pro-amnesty candidate and increasingly establishment favorite Marco Rubio.
Ted Cruz has 31 percent of the vote according to the poll, followed by Donald Trump at 21%. Ben Carson has 13%, followed by Marco Rubio at 10% in Iowa. Carson has tanked 15% from his October peak, while Rubio is up only 1% from November.
“Big shakeup,” said J. Ann Selzer, pollster for The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. “This is a sudden move into a commanding position for Cruz.”
Establishment RINO squish Jeb Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush, who entered the race with $100 million in the bank, came in a distant fifth place at only 6 percent.
On Thursday, Ted Cruz picked up the coveted endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of Family Leader, a leading pro-family Christian leader in the evangelical community. Previously, Cruz landed endorsements from influential Iowa-based talk show host Steve Deace, as well as Iowa Congressman Steve King, a favorite of the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution American Tea Party movement.
The Iowa Poll of 400 likely Republican caucusgoers was conducted Dec. 7-10 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
The Register reported:
Hannah Kern, 21, who works on her family’s farm in rural Traer, said her mind is firmly made up to caucus for Cruz. She heard his father, Rafael Cruz, talk about his son at a home-schoolers’ event near Kalona, and saw Ted Cruz in person for the first time at his religious liberty rally in August in Des Moines, where he handed out booklets on the U.S. Constitution.
“The most important thing is someone who knows what our Constitution is,” Kern said.
Another Iowa voter told The Register that Ted Cruz can be as politically incorrect as Donald Trump, but in a way that doesn’t alienate voters.
Retired welder Larry Flanders, who lives in Russell, said he likes both Trump and Cruz, but has now settled on Cruz.
“What put the frosting on the cake is when he backed up Trump on what Trump said” about various topics such as immigration and fighting ISIS, Flanders said. Plus, Cruz knows the inner workings of Congress and is familiar with “how bad the White House is.”
“Either one of them can get it across, but Trump’s pretty blunt,” Flanders said. “Cruz can tell you off and not hurt your feelings.”
Late Friday, Trump was apparently feeling the heat of Cruz’s meteoric rise, lowering himself to even personally attacking the Texas Senator’s Christianity and Cuban heritage.