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Cruz Challenging Palin In CHQ Straw Poll

Cruz and Palin
Senator Ted Cruz has charged to within 1 point of perennial leader Sarah Palin in last week’s CHQ presidential straw poll.

Palin and Cruz are the only two potential candidates to break 30 percent, with Palin still in the lead at 35 percent and Cruz gaining ground to stand at 34 percent. 

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky continues to hold third place, but has sunk from 22 percent to 10 percent – exactly the same as outsider candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

Col. Allen West rounds out the “boat rocking” top five standing now at 2 percent, down from his high of 10 percent a few weeks ago. 

We think it portends well for Republican chances in 2016 that the common trait among the top five vote-getters in our straw poll is that they are all “boat-rockers” of a limited government constitutional conservative bent – the establishment Republicans on the list have been relegated to the bottom of the list.

In our opinion voters are rejecting the Republican establishment and its brand of Big Government “me-too-ism” in favor of candidates who are authentic representatives of the grassroots conservative base of the Party, and it is that authenticity that keeps Governor Palin and Senator Cruz in the lead.

This is why big government establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush is at the bottom of the list, and of course Marco Rubio’s abandonment of limited government constitutional conservative principles to become the face of the hated “Gang of Eight” Obama – Rubio amnesty for illegal aliens bill has made him anathema to most limited government constitutional conservatives.

In our view, the voter’s search for authenticity will be the determining factor in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have proven their authenticity in the recent fight over defunding ObamaCare and achieving real spending reform as part of a deal to end the federal government “slimdown” and that is why they continue to hold the top spots in our straw poll. 

Who will win this week's poll? You decide! Vote here.

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