Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) won the Texas Republican Party presidential straw poll on Saturday, while the other hometown presidential prospect, Gov. Rick Perry, finished fourth.
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.