Cruz wins CPAC straw poll
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Presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale Senate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy 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 RubioSenators highlight national security threats from China during rare public hearing Rubio presses DNI to investigate alleged unmasking of Tucker Carlson Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal MORE.

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Rubio garnered 30 percent support, while party front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 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.