John Reynolds, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention http://kut.org/post/cruz-runs-away-straw-poll-gop-convention <p>U.S. Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a> easily won the presidential preference straw poll held at the Texas GOP’s state convention Saturday, crushing outgoing Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a> and several other early contenders for the 2016 nomination.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cruz took 43.4 percent of the vote, according to results announced at the close of the convention. Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan, came in second with 12.2 percent, edging Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who came in third place with 12.1 percent. In something of a surprise, Perry, who made a failed presidential attempt in 2012, came in fourth place with 11.7 percent.</span></p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:02:44 +0000 John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 10557 at http://kut.org Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention Steve Stockman Files to Run Against John Cornyn http://kut.org/post/steve-stockman-files-run-against-john-cornyn <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/steve-stockman/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Steve Stockman</a>, R-Friendswood, has filed to run against U.S. Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/john-cornyn/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Cornyn</a>&nbsp;in the March GOP primary, joining at least eight other hopefuls vying for the senior senator's seat, according to a&nbsp;spokesman with the Republican Party of Texas.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Stockman, who had filed for re-election in Congressional District 36, had to withdraw from that race to seek Cornyn's seat.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:47:36 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 9336 at http://kut.org Steve Stockman Files to Run Against John Cornyn