(London Daily Mail) Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the tea party darling who staged an unsuccessful 21-hour-long quasi-filibuster this week opposing government funding for The Affordable Care Act, has emerged as Republican voters’ top pick for the 2016 presidential nomination, according to a poll released Friday.

The Public Policy Polling survey found that 20 per cent of Republicans favor Cruz, followed by 17 per cent for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 14 per cent for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 11 per cent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and 10 per cent each for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

Louisians Gov. Bobby Jindal polled 4 per cent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum brought up the rear, with 3 per cent support each. Nine per cent said they supported someone else, or had no opinion.

The results show that a majority of GOP voters who have a preference – 47 per cent overall – want to see a tea party-linked candidate as their party’s standard-bearer in 2016.

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