Cruz got 30.3% of the votes at the three-day event that concludes at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, while Carson got 29.4%. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was third (10.4%), former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was fourth (5.1%), and Texas Governor Rick Perry was fifth (4.9%).
Over 1,500 delegates attended this years RLC, and more than 35 percent of those attending voted in the straw poll, sponsored by ConservativeIntel.com .
Both Cruz and Perry were speakers at the RLC conference this year. Others who made remarks this year were: Gov. Bobby Jindal, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Donald Trump, Phil Bryant, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Allen West, Frmr Gov. Haley Barbour, Frmr Speaker Newt Gingrich, Frmr Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).
CONSERVATIVE INTEL / R.L.C. 2014 PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL RESULTS:
1. TED CRUZ 30.3%
2. BEN CARSON 29.4%
3. RAND PAUL 10.4%
4. MIKE HUCKABEE 5.1%
5. RICK PERRY 4.9%