Cruz cruises to top of Texas poll

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won the Texas Republican Party presidential straw poll on Saturday, while the other hometown presidential prospect, Gov. Rick Perry, finished fourth.

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Cruz pulled in 43 percent support in his home state. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator who grew up in Texas, nearly tied for second place, with Carson taking 12.2 percent support and Paul taking 12.1 percent. 

Perry had 11 percent support, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in fifth with 3 percent.

Cruz’s win came as no surprise, as the conservative firebrand remains one of the most popular politicians in Texas. An April survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed him with a better approval rating than both Perry and GOP Sen. John Cornyn, with 47 percent approving of the job he’s doing to 35 percent who disapprove.

Both Cruz and Perry have made no secret of their interest in a 2016 bid, but if they ran, they’d likely compete for votes and donors from very different circles within the GOP.

But Perry’s fourth-place finish may be an early indication that he'd again face obstacles if he chooses to run for the White House in 2016.

The poll surveyed 5,266 convention-goers from June 4-7.