The Tarrant Co. Republican Party released results from the straw poll it conducted at today’s candidate fair in Arlington:

  • PRES: Ted Cruz 40%, Donald Trump 27%, Marco Rubio 9%, Rand Paul 5%, Ben Carson 4%, Jeb Bush 3%
  • CD6: Joe Barton 57, Steven Fowler 37
  • CD26: Michael Burgess 58, Micah Beebe 22, Joel Krause 20
  • RRC: Wayne Christian 40, Weston Martinez 17, Ron Hale 15, John Greytok 11, Gary Gates 10
  • SC3: Debra Lehrmann 64, Mike Massengale 36
  • SC5: Rick Green 61, Paul Green 39
  • SC9: Eva Guzman 79, Joe Pool 21
  • CCA2: Ray Wheless 60, Mary Lou Keel 30, Chris Oldner 10
  • CCA5: Scott Walker 38, Sid Harle 33, Brent Webster 16, Steve Smith 13
  • CCA6: Michael Keasler 67, Richard Davis 33
  • HD92: Jonathan Stickland 68, Scott Fisher 32
  • HD94: Tony Tinderholt 61, Andrew Piel 39
  • HD96: Bill Zedler 93, Wesley Nelson 7
  • HD99: Bo French 55, Charlie Geren 45

Cruz’s first-place finish in the presidential straw poll is unsurprising, but he was under 50%, and Trump placed a strong second. In general, Tea Party candidates fared well, which made Lehrmann’s margin over Massingale surprising. Stickland and Tinderholt scored well, but French’s 10-point win over Geren was surprisingly low.

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