Texas Senator Ted Cruz seems to be gaining steam in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

Senator Cruz won the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans with just over 30% of the vote.  Fox News commentator Ben Carson took second.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who won the CPAC straw poll only got 10%.  The conference did not see any moderate Republicans attending.  Governor Chris Christie came in dead last with just 1% of the vote.