Cheers all around.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) kicked off his week by winning the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll for President in New Orleans, pulling 30 percent in a tight race against Dr. Ben Carson’s 29 percent, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) coming in surprisingly distant third with 10 percent. (Cruz attended the conference, while Carson and Paul did not.)

It’s a very early straw poll at a conference that leaned toward the conservative wing of the Republican Party, sure, but it’s still a nice win, at a moment when Dr. Carson appears to have reached Peak Buzz. Also significant was the enthusiastic response to Cruz’ speech, which CNN notes was “interrupted several times by cheers and standing ovations.”