Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the CPAC presidential straw poll on Saturday, garnering 40% of vote from attendees of one of America’s largest conventions for conservatives. Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished a strong second, with 30%.
The Cruz win was a bitter defeat for billionaire Donald Trump, who decided to skip out of the CPAC event at the last minute. He finished a distant third, with second place finisher Rubio more than doubling him in support. Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished fourth with 8%.
Rubio finished first with CPAC voters on their second choice for President, with 29%, and Cruz a close second with 26%. The combined support for Cruz and Rubio, which far surpasses the other candidates, lends more credence to the argument that the two should create a “unity ticket” to win the GOP nomination from Trump, with Cruz in the first slot.