Cruz wins CPAC straw poll
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Presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll Saturday with 40 percent of the vote, easily beating the second-place finisher, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP Senate candidates trade barbs in brutal Indiana primary Students gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE.

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Rubio garnered 30 percent support, while party front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey Trump to gift Macron framed upholstery: report Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush MORE came in third place, with 15 percent, and John Kasich took 8 percent.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Kasich were tied for top vice presidential pick. 

Trump surprised organizers by pulling out of a scheduled speaking slot on Saturday morning to attend a rally in Kansas instead.