Cruz wins CPAC straw poll
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Presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets 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 RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE.

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Rubio garnered 30 percent support, while party front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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.