GOP primaries

GOP primaries

Poll: Paul leads GOP presidential pack

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll. 

If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well, with 22 percent. 

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Ted Cruz to headline Iowa GOP summer picnic

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will head to Iowa in July, intensifying speculation that the freshman lawmaker and Tea Party darling might be considering a bid for the White House.

Cruz will headline the state party's annual summer picnic on July 19, CNN reported on Friday.

The Texas lawmaker joins a bevy of other potential Republican hopefuls who have traveled to the Hawkeye State in recent months. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) addressed the Lincoln Day Dinner; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed party leaders in Des Moines; and Rick Santorum, who won the caucuses in 2012, is scheduled to attend the State Fair in August.

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