Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for '16

By: Denver Post
July 20, 2014 Updated: July 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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photo - DENVER, CO - JULY 19: Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks to the crowd of Western Conservative Summit at Hyatt Regency. Denver, Colorado. July 19. 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - JULY 19: Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks to the crowd of Western Conservative Summit at Hyatt Regency. Denver, Colorado. July 19. 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post) 

Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin were the top picks of 666 voters in the Western Conservative Summit straw poll for the president in 2016.

All three were speakers at the three-day event that concluded Sunday at Denver's Hyatt Regency hotel. Carson received 22 percent of the vote, Cruz had 13 percent and Palin collected 12 percent.

The ballot included two dozen Republicans. The rest of the top 10, in order of finish, were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, former Rep. Allen West and Sen. Paul Ryan.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who spoke at the summit Saturday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were among the others on the summit's straw poll ballot.

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