As for Cruz, now we wait to see if his message will transform the GOP if he decides to run for president. The Brody File hunch? He’ll run. The timing is perfect. By the way, our exclusive interview with Ted Cruz will be released soon. You don't want to miss it!
Dr. Ben Carson finished tied for second with Rick Santorum. The grassroots LOVES Dr. Carson. He’ll be a force if he decides to make a run. There’s no clear sign of that. As for Gov. Chris Christie, he received just 1% of the straw poll votes. Not surprising considering it will be a heavy lift (no pun intended) for Christie to attract support within the Tea Party base of the party.
Senator Ted Cruz 42%
Dr. Ben Carson 13%
Senator Rick Santorum 13%
Senator Rand Paul 6%
Senator Marco Rubio 5%
Congressman Paul Ryan 4%
Governor Mike Huckabee 4%
Governor Mike Pence 3%
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann 2%
Governor Rick Perry 2%
Governor Chris Christie1%
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council said the following:
"The Values Voter straw poll reveals what conservative, Republican-leaning voters are looking for in a potential candidate. Values voters are looking for those who will refuse to be bound by the 'can't mentality' of the establishment and will challenge the status quo. In short, values voters, many of whom did not fully engage in the last election, are looking for a leader that will inspire them by challenging President Obama and speak clearly and directly to the challenges facing America.”