DENVER, Colo., July 20, 2014 –  Results of the 2014 Western Conservative Summit Denver Presidential Straw Poll are in and the winner is Dr. Ben Carson with 22 percent of the vote.  Senator Ted Cruz was the runner-up with 13 percent and Former Governor Sarah Palin was in third with 12 percent.
 

3,300 WCS attendees from several states filled out ballots over the three-day conference. Results were announced at today’s closing session of the Western Conservative Summit held at the Denver Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Denver. Attendees included conservatives, members of the faith community, Republican volunteers, Tea Party activists and community and business leaders and students attended the Summit.
 
Founder and Director of the Centennial Institute John Andrews said, “This will be the fourth year in a row that we will make national news representing conservatives in the West.” 
The first Summit presidential straw poll was held in 2011 when Herman Cain was the surprise winner which turned out to be a preview of his strong primary showing.
 
The ballot offered 26 choices and included such well-known political figures as: Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Governor Jan Brewer, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and many others.
 
Noted Summit speakers this weekend included: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, former Congressman Allen West, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Governor Bobby Jindal, etc.
 
The 2014 Western Conservative Summit is presented by Centennial Institute, a public policy think tank affiliated with Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado.
 
Summit co-chairs are John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute, and Bill Armstrong, president of Colorado Christian University.  Andrews is a columnist for The Denver Post and is former president of the Colorado Senate and author of the recently released book Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen’s Guide to the Next American Century.  Armstrong is a former businessman and represented Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives (1972-1978) and the U.S. Senate (1978-1990).
 
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