While the top three vote getters in CHQ’s 2016 Republican presidential straw poll haven’t changed – former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul – occupy the top three spots, Palin has jumped back into a commanding lead in last week’s balloting.
Palin took 41% of the week’s votes, with Cruz dropping back to 30% and Paul taking 17%.
Over the course of the past few weeks the Cruz vote had been growing bringing him to within one point of Palin in the previous week’s balloting.
Rounding out the top tier are two other limited government constitutional conservatives; Dr. Ben Carson and former Senator Jim DeMint, now President of the Heritage Foundation.
Notable in their absence from the top tier of potential candidates are the usual establishment Republican suspects – Jeb Bush and Chris Christie -- and Marco Rubio also failed to attract any votes in this week’s voting.
Holy crap! That is is some DEEPLY Right Wing fringe thinking right there.
Their TOP candidates are Palin, Paul, and Cruz? Too bad Joe McCarthy is dead, he could have rounded out the top four.
And Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio don't even make the list? Seriously?
I take it electability makes you immediately ineligible to be considered.
These are the fringe lunatics which are currently tearing the Republican party apart. If they had their way the GOP would not even acknowledge that Obama was President and would be handing out automatic weapons and fundraising in preparation for the coming civil war.
Could you imagine a ticket that featured Rand Paul, Palin, or Ted Cruz? It would be the end of the Republican party.
Could the Democrats get that lucky?
Could be, stay tuned.