Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll -- just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend.
Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul's 445 votes (57%).
“We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country,” Cruz said. “I have spent my career defending the constitutional liberties that our nation was founded upon, and that are increasingly under assault today. From free speech and religious liberty to our right to bear arms and our right to privacy, I have been proud to lead on all these issues, whether before the Supreme Court or in the Senate. If I'm elected president, libertarian voters across the country can be confident that I will continue to stand for the U.S. Constitution at every turn.”
Sen. Cruz’s strong performance in the straw poll comes at the heels of a growing coalition of libertarian voters organizing in the early states and across the country for the Cruz for President campaign. The campaign’s Liberty Leaders coalition is chaired by former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr (the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nominee), with 25 former Ron Paul organizers and supporters leading efforts in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Sen. Cruz continues to expand his base among Tea Party, evangelical, and libertarian voters. He has won multiple recent straw polls demonstrating his deep base of support across the spectrum of Republican voters, including decisive victories in both the Freedom Works and the Values Voters straw polls.
Members of Sen. Cruz’s Liberty Leaders coalition include:
Rep. Rick Christie, Goffstown
Rep. Christie is known as a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Barbara and Rep. Guy Comtois, Center Barnstead
The Comtois’ are former Ron Paul supporters. Rep. Comtois is a strong liberty leader in the State House and he and his wife are Belknap County Chairs for Cruz for President
Former Reps. Carol & Lucien Vita, Middleton
The Vitas are former Ron Paul supporters
Rep. Dick Gordon, East Kingston
Rep. Gordon is a former Ron Paul supporter and strong Liberty leader in the State House
Andrew Harris, Epping
Harris is a former Ron Paul supporter
Steve Kenda, North Hampton
Kenda is a small-business owner, prominent Liberty leader in the Granite State, and former candidate for State Senate
Rep. Walter Kolodziej, Windham
Rep. Kolodziej is a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Paul Marquis, Litchfield
Marquis is a former candidate for State Representative and strong Liberty activist.
Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, Derry
Rep. Prudhomme-O’Brien is a strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Emily O’Neil, Bedford
O’Neil is a former candidate for State Representative, liberty activist, and former Ron Paul supporter.
Pam Smith, Manchester
Smith is a prominent Liberty activist in Manchester
Rep. Len Turcotte, Barrington
Rep. Turcotte is a former Ron Paul supporter and strong Liberty leader in the State House.
Senator Lee Bright, Spartanburg
Sen. Bright is endorsed and worked to get Ron Paul elected in 2012 and is a Cruz for President South Carolina Co-Chair
Sherriff Ray Nash, Dorchester
Nash is president of the Low Country Republican Liberty Caucus and a South Carolina Cruz for President Co-Chair
Steven Long, Spartanburg
Long is a South Carolina Liberty Activist and 2012 Ron Paul supporter
Shawn Dietz, Hampton
Franklin County Republican Party chairman, former Hampton mayor, 2014 candidate for Iowa State Senate, endorsed by Liberty Iowa and Rand Paul
Ron Paul 2008, 2012 Ida County Co-chair
Joel Kurtinitis, Des Moines
Kurtinitis is founder of Liberty Iowa, and Ron Paul 2012 Regional Director
Kelsey Kurtinitis, Des Moines
Ron Paul 2012 volunteer, pro-life grassroots leader
Warren County, Iowa Supervisor
2012 Ron Paul supporter
District 9 Iowa State Senator, endorsed Ron Paul in 2011
Campaign for Liberty Precinct Coordinator, ‘Voices of Reason’ Podcast Founder and Co-host