WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ted Cruz won the presidential staw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday.
Four in ten attendees at CPAC picked Cruz as their preferred candidate, while Marco won 30 percent support, Donald Trump won 15 percent and John Kasich won eight percent.
A total of 2,659 CPAC attendees participated in the staw poll, many of them young voters. The average age of participants was about 35, according to McLaughlin & Associates who organized the survey.
Presidential candidates Cruz , Rubio and Kasich all spoke at the conference this weekend. But Trump, who was scheduled to speak Saturday morning, suddenly ditched the event late on Friday night, choosing to campaing in Kansas instead.
During Cruz’s speech to the conference on Friday he poked fun at Trump’s decision to skip the event.
“I think somebody told him Megyn Kelly was going to be here,” he said. “Or even worse, he was told that conservatives were going to be here. Or even worse, he was told libertarians that were going to be here. Or even worse, that young people were going to be here.”
“If you don’t want Donald trump to win the nomination then come join us,” Cruz added. “We are building a group of followers who are lovers of the Constitution.”