According to the Arizona straw poll, Senator Ted Cruz seems to have grabbed the hearts of conservatives not only in Denver but also in Scottsdale. Cruz, who spoke during the Saturday lunch session, received a standing ovation from the crowd in Scottsdale despite being broadcasted via live-stream.
With 48 ballots cast, Cruz stole 65% of the votes from the Arizona simulcast, leaving Governor Scott Walker, with 6%, and Col. Allen West, with 5%, in a far off second and third.
The simulcast in Arizona was a first for the Western Conservative Summit and the Centennial Institute, with approximately 200 attendees at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. Several Republican state representatives, such as Rep. Matt Salmon and Rep. Paul Gosar, attended the Arizona conference. Summit speaker, Guy Benson flew from Denver to Arizona immediately after his panel to speak with the Arizona attendees.
In lieu of the Arizona success, for the 2014 reboot of the Western Conservative Summit, the conference has been invited to hold another simulcast in Orange County, California.
WCS13 Straw poll Results
Sen. Ted Cruz 31 (65%)
Gov. Scott Walker 4 (6%)
Col. Allen West 3 (5%)
Sen. Rand Paul 3 (5%)
Dr. Ben Carson 3
Sen. Marco Rubio 3
Gov. Chris Christie 1
Rep. Paul Ryan 3
Sen. Rick Santorum 2
Gov. Rick Perry 1
Gov. Chris Christie 1
Total Votes: 48
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