(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul top the biggest Tea Partypresidential poll yet, while moderates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christieand former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are dumped at the bottom, undermining their hopes of being 2016 crossover candidates.
The online poll of 62,000 grassroots activists provided exclusively to Secrets finds that conservatives and Tea Party organizers stand fully behind the heroes of their movement, including outspoken surgeon Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
But the poll for nation’s largest Tea Party group, TheTeaParty.net, and the influential conservative organization Contract from America drenched cold water on the hopes of Christie, Bush and other moderates hoping to attract conservative attention. At the bottom with those two were former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.