Carson wins straw poll as conservatives focus on winning battle of ideas


DENVER — Ben Carson won the Western Conservative Summit’s annual presidential straw poll Sunday, capping a three-day extravaganza billed as the “rally on the right.”

Mr. Carson took 22 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 12 percent. All three were speakers at the fifth annual conference, sponsored by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University.

Other prominent conservatives who received votes included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Rep. Allen West of Florida.

The poll of 3,300 conference attendees wrapped up an event focused on how conservatives can win the battle of ideas in a culture that increasingly tilts toward progressives.

“What we have to do as conservatives is not just beat Republicans over the head and say, ‘You’ve got to carry our message and vote for our bills.’ We have to pave the road for them,” said former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who now heads the Heritage Foundation.

9 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • gmhunt4 says:

    Be Carson I another smooth talking black man with zero experience……..I will NEVER vote for him……………

    1. SEB says:

      You would rather have Hilldebeast or Liz Warmonger…another smooth talking screaming Socialist whom Bummer supports? Ben Carson is highly intelligent and smart enough to surround himself with the best of the best. Yes, he is black. However, he is not a Socialist-Communist-Marxist…take your pick. He is a Christian. The ‘person’ sitting in the Gray House right now…unless vacationing, golfing or raising more money, is one-half white, mostly ARAB and very little black. Check out what the media continues to keep from you. I agree with Giorgio on any of his picks.

      1. gmhunt4 says:

        No, I would rather have Palin/West or Palin/Cruz

        1. SEB says:

          I like your choices but Palin will never be elected as president though I believe she would serve well. What we need to do is get rid of the liberals and can only do that by voting for a (hopefully not RINO) conservative Republican. If Ben is the majority pick I will vote for him.

          1. gmhunt4 says:

            You will vote for NO experience RINO…I will vote 3rd Party

          2. SEB says:

            That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. You evidently have neither heard Dr. Carson speak, nor read any of his books. You also do not “read” what is written. I do not want a RINO in office but will vote for one if necessary to oppose the Socialist views of Clinton or Warren. You are foolish person willing to throw away a vote to a third party instead of voting for the Republican Candidate who may actually be black. Taking back our country requires small steps. The end will justify the means. Voters like you are why we are where we are at. The RINO’s are getting the message.

  • I Seigel says:

    Herman Cain, Part II.

    1. Peatro Giorgio says:

      Not so Fast ! My friend Ben is a tiger in sheep’s clothing. I think and believe it to be impossible or plausible for either the far left or the rhino fake ass Right to bulldoze this guy over. With false accusations. He might sound and speak softly. But with in the quietness and humbleness of this man .I believe there to be the heart of a Lion. He is very much, ” Unlike” the vast majority of Politicians whom roar like lions; But scurry like rats for cover when the real Lions come out for the hunt.

      1. I Seigel says:

        Where’s Trump on your list? He’s a “lion”, and at least he’s had executive experience.

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