Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Top Western Conservative 2016 POTUS Straw Poll

Western Conservative Summit

Dr. Ben Carson gave his prescription for America at the Western Conservative Summit Friday night, July 18, 2014 in Denver. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

By Gary P Jackson

A little housekeeping from the weekend. There was a straw poll taken at the Western Conservative Summit this past weekend in Denver. Out of all possible candidates offered for consideration, Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz , and Governor Sarah Palin topped the list, with Carson in the top spot.

From the Denver Post:

Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin were the top picks of 666 voters in the Western Conservative Summit straw poll for president in 2016.

All three were speakers at the three-day event that concluded Sunday at Denver’s Hyatt Regency hotel. Carson, a columnist and retired neurosurgeon, received 22 percent of the vote, Cruz had 13 percent and Palin 12 percent.

The ballot included two dozen Republicans. The rest of the top 10, in order of finish, were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, former Rep. Allen West and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were among others on the ballot.

Votes were accepted in person, via text and online. The fifth annual event drew a crowd of 3,300, said John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute, the conservative think tank at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

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