Carson wins Colorado straw poll

Ben Carson won the 2015 Western Conservative Summit straw poll, organizers announced on Sunday.

Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute said in a statement that Carson took 224 of the 871 votes cast during the weekend event.


The Centennial Institute said that Carson is its first back-to-back winner since the straw poll started in 2011. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas) won in 2013, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R-Fla.) took the top spot in 2012 and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain was the winner in 2011.

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina captured 201 votes for second place in the latest straw poll.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) landed in third place with 192 votes cast by delegates at the Denver event, which draws conservatives, members of the faith community, Republican volunteers, Tea Party activists, community and business leaders and students.

The institute said former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) won its 2015 Democratic straw poll with 83 votes out of a 294 cast. Webb has not yet decided on whether he is launching an Oval Office bid next election cycle.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE, who is widely considered the heavy favorite for her party’s presidential nomination in 2016, trailed Webb with 48 votes.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack trillion tax hike the opposite of 'good investment' Progressive groups call for Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board to be abolished MORE (I-Vt.), who is running as a Democrat, took third place with 42 votes.