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Cruz Wins White House Dossier 2016 GOP Presidential Poll

by Keith Koffler on June 24, 2013, 8:09 am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored a huge victory in a White House Dossier poll of readers’ preferences for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, garnering nearly a third of the vote, while former conservative darling Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida barely registered in the survey.

Cruz has emerged during his frist year in the Senate as an unflagging conservative leader on a string of issues, most notably gun control and immigration. Thirty one percent of voters in the poll, who mostly described them as conservative, said Cruz was their choice for president.

While Cruz’s star has soared, Rubio’s has dimmed nearly the point of invisibility. Rubio, who has drawn conservative ire for his banner role in pushing an immigration reform bill this year, garnered just three percent of the vote.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who achieved stardom among conservatives this year with a filibuster opposing the use of drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil, scored second in the poll with 16 percent. And physician Ben Carson, who gained prominence in February by delivering a strongly conservative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast while President Obama was forced to look on, captured 10 percent of the vote.

Two well-regarded Wisconsin conservatives made solid if unremarkable showings. Rep, Paul Ryan, who ran for vice president in 2012, and Gov. Scott Walker tied with six percent of the vote – though Walker was ahead on votes. Moderate governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Chris Christie of New Jersey tallied four percent and three percent respectively. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal cornered just two percent, while Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman Jr., and Donald Trump each barely registered with one percent of the vote.

Sarah Palin was initially included in the poll but was removed early in the voting after a pro-Palin website directed its readers to vote for her. Before then, she had received only scant support.

The poll, which went up on the website Friday afternoon and was closed this morning, asked readers, “If the 2016 Republican presidential primary were held in your state today, for whom would your vote?”

The survey was not strictly “scientific” – participants were not randomly contacted, but instead allowed to vote on the website at their own initiative. But it probably provides a reliable snapshot of where conservatives – who comprise a majority of those who vote in the GOP primaries – stand at this point. A total of 3,370 readers cast votes, and Cruz maintained around a third of the vote nearly from the beginning.

Of those who voted, 2,583 also answered a question about their politics, with 56 percent describing themselves as “conservative,” 32 percent identifying as “very conservative,” and 11 percent saying they are “moderate.” Only one percent chose “liberal” or “very liberal.”

But the voters can hardly be described as unwilling to consider moderates. Thirty one percent of the 3,172 who revealed their favorite for 2012 said their “preferred” candidate in primaries was Mitt Romney. Fifteen percent said they liked Herman Cain, 13 percent favored Newt Gingrich, and another 13 percent were for Rick Perry.

A complete tabulation of the poll results can be found here.

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Misscheryl June 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

Prepare for all the Palin supporters to whine and cry about how unfair the poll was…..personally, I voted for Cruze WHEN Palin was included.

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riverlife_callie June 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

You left Trey Gowdy off your list.

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kit hogan June 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

ted cruz was born in Canada, cannot run for president

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Wing_attack_Plan_R June 24, 2013 at 10:47 am
Bonnie June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

We have a current president born in Kenya. As Hillary would say, “its too late now, what difference does it make?”

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Julie Brueckheimer June 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

I thought the law was that if only one of your parents held US citizenship, you are an American. I have not been one of those people who question Obama’s citizenship because his mother, like Cruz’s, was a US citizen.

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Girly1 June 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I am confused about the natural born v. native born. IIRC, the Constitution mandates that the President of the U.S. must be a ‘natural born’ citizen. In order to be ‘natural born’, both parents must be U.S. citizens. Wouldn’t this make Obama, Rubio and Cruz ineligible? Aren’t they all ‘native born’?

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smrstrauss June 27, 2013 at 2:58 am

Birth on US soil is sufficient.

“Under the longstanding English common-law principle of jus soli, persons born within the territory of the sovereign (other than children of enemy aliens or foreign diplomats) are citizens from birth. Thus, those persons born within the United States are “natural born citizens” and eligible to be President. Much less certain, however, is whether children born abroad of United States citizens are “natural born citizens” eligible to serve as President …”—- Edwin Meese, et al, THE HERITAGE GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION (2005) [Edwin Meese was Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, and the Heritage Foundation is a well-known Conservative organization.]

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Dan June 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

You are assuming there will be something left to be president of in 2016. Wouldn’t take that bet.

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AFVet June 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Yeah, there will be something left.
Remember the Carter debacle and when Reagan won the hostages were released.
Now, did Carter negotiate that or did the threat of a Reagan presidency make them re-consider ?
We have to be careful of who and what we put into that office.

Dan, you are correct to make that statement, but, there are Patriots out here that will not allow that to happen.

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cincycinco June 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

“Yeah, there will be something left.” – AFVet

I WANT to believe you, AFVet, but it was very unlikely that there would be race riots when Carter left office. Once the ball starts to roll on Barry? Well, that’s ANOTHER bet I wouldn’t take, especially if the NEW President seems like he might actually DO America’s business and gets some REAL answers about what his predecessor did…

If the “civil unrest” is general enough, well, couldn’t have an election THEN, could we? And, we’d DEFINITELY need martial law from Washington to “restore order” and find out what those rioters wanted so we could appease them, yes?

You think the community-organizer-in-chief hasn’t thought about this? It’s in his nature to rabble rouse, he’d not stick at it NOW, would he?

Whether or not there is a cohesive America for there to be a President of in 2016 will really be a test of how effectively the Democrats have Balkanized us. If the last 2 elections are anything to go by, I’d say that’s the ONE thing they were good at…

The only thing holding us together is that the geography doesn’t work out for a split. Yet. And, the pandering politicians are well aware they cannot survive without their “dhimmis” to exact crippling taxes from. Would YOU want to lead a nation comprised SOLEY of “takers”? There’s war, of course, but you have to get up early in the morning for THAT, and actually have, y’know, discipline and stuff…

That said, they may have over-reached. They may well started a tectonic shift that will overcome this weak glue that holds us in relation to one another despite their despotic dreams. Atlas shurgged, anyone?

G_d help us. Our Government certainly won’t.

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Mandy Manners June 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

What’s next? He negotiates with AQ?

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Mandy Manners June 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

Oops.

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Tea Party at Perrysburg June 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Rubio has pulled an “Obama,” revealing his ambitions to be personal rather than for the betterment of the country. Like Obama, he thinks he can rely on the cult of personality to win. Thus the immigration fiasco. Too bad. He had me fooled.

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cincycinco June 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Ted Cruz is a good, solid guy who will be painted as a shameless pander to the Hispanic community, and win no points there. Nice try, though.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind seeing him run. I’m just saying it won’t fix the Dem ownership of that – or any – voting bloc, and if that’s the main reason folks want him, they’re just deluding themselves.

Of course, I believe the GOP “leadership” has been led down the primrose path regarding the 2012 election turning on immigration issues ANYWAY, but as long as McCain, McConnell, and Mickey Mouse want to get their advice on how to “save” the party from The New York Times, I’m afraid they’ll run off the cliff no matter WHAT the actual convervatives in the party – like Mr. Cruz – have to say. Crying Johnny will, as always, say “What Would Barak Do?”, and off the cliff we’ll go…

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jdhwbt June 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I was so Marco Rubio but I voted for Ted Cruz. Darn it Marco, you have lost my vote even for your Senate seat again. Too bad, I had high hopes for you.

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