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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O'Rourke will not share million he raised with other Dem Senate candidates Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Donald Trump Jr. blasts Beto O’Rourke: ‘Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic’ MORE’s (R-Texas) early entrance into the presidential field has given him a significant polling bump and vaulted him into the top tier of GOP contenders, according to a new poll.

The Democratic Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading the Republican field at 20 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 17 percent and Cruz at 16 percent.


In the same poll from last month, Cruz was buried in sixth place, pulling only 5 percent support.

Rounding out the field are Dr. Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonAffordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign Andrea Mitchell credits Judy Woodruff with saving her TV career The maturation of a pop generation: Kanye and Taylor MORE and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulNoisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks Five things to watch for in deteriorating US-Saudi relations MORE (Ky.) at 10 percent each, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDating app for Trump supporters leaked its users data on launch day: report Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist MORE (Fla.) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 6 percent each, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 4 percent and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 3 percent.

Last week, Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to officially enter the presidential race. He made the announcement at Liberty University in Virginia, the largest evangelical school in the country.

Since then, Cruz has been blanketing the airwaves. He launched his campaign headquarters in his home town of Houston this week, and has been making his first trips as an official candidate through the carve-out states. Cruz was in New Hampshire for a spate of events over the weekend, and has five events scheduled in Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cruz will be running in the socially conservative lane of the Republican primaries, and is expected to compete with Carson and Huckabee for evangelical voters. Cruz’s bump in the PPP survey comes at the expense of both potential candidates.

According to the survey, Cruz’s support among those who identify as "very conservative" shot up from 11 percent last month to 33 percent this month. Over that same time period, Carson’s support dropped from 18 percent to 10 percent, while Huckabee’s support fell from 10 percent to 6 percent.

Cruz’s early announcement has vastly increased his national profile. His name recognition among Republicans has gone up from 61 percent last month to 82 percent this month.

There was good news in the PPP survey for two other candidates as well.
Paul was another fast-riser, jumping from 4 percent support last month to 10 percent this month. He’s expected to announce his candidacy for the White House on April 7 in Lexington, Ky.

And Rubio has the highest favorability rating of any of the GOP presidential hopefuls, with 55 percent saying they have a positive view of the Florida Republican. Rubio is expected to launch his bid for the White House on April 13 in Miami.