The Salt Lake City Tribune reports:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has zoomed to a commanding lead in Utah’s GOP caucuses, according to a new poll released Saturday. It also gave a glimpse into how frustrated the state’s Republicans are with Donald Trump’s candidacy.
The Y2 Analytics survey shows Cruz with 53 percent support among likely Republican caucus-goes and if that matches Tuesday’s caucus vote, he’d win all of the state’s 40 GOP delegates.
Coming in second is Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 29 percent, while Trump, the national front-runner, was a distant third at 11 percent.
The Y2 Analytics poll was conducted from Thursday to Saturday and included 500 respondents, capturing some of the reaction from public events held by all three of the Republican candidates. Cruz held three public events in Utah on Saturday with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, commentator Glenn Beck and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Kasich and Trump held events on Friday.
[…]This is the first poll released in the state in over a month, and the only one since the field narrowed to just three candidates.
It showed that Cruz performed even better among “very likely” caucus attendees, coming in at 57 percent.
Scott Riding with Y2 Analytics said it appears that a bulk of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s supporters went to Cruz after he dropped out earlier this week.
“It is fascinating to see how close Cruz is to wrapping it up,” he said. “It is also surprising how discouraged Republicans are with the direction of the national party.”
Time to review Cruz’s achievements to see why he’s the best candidate still running.
Ted Cruz’s record of conservative achievements
Ted Cruz is also the most qualified candidate running.
Young Conservatives explains his achievements:
- Graduated valedictorian in 1988 from Second Baptist High School
- Graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1992
- Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995
- 1992 U.S. National Debate Champion representing Princeton
- 1995 World Debating Championship semi-finalist representing Harvard
- Served a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, making him the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States
- Served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, making him the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country and the longest tenure in Texas history
- Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice
- Authored over 80 SCOTUS briefs and presented over 40 oral arguments before The Court
- Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation
Here are the specifically conservative achievements:
- In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of 31 states in defense of the principle that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms
- Presented oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds,
- Defended the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
- Defended the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States
He’s 5 for 9 arguing cases before the Supreme Court. Cruz knows how to convince liberal scholars to come over to his side. That’s what he enjoys – persuading people who disagree with him.
Here’s some of the legislation he introduced:
- ObamaCare Repeal Act
- Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities Act
- Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
- A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit States to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for Federal office
- State Marriage Defense Act of 2014
- A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the intentional discrimination of a person or organization by an employee of the Internal Revenue Service
- A bill to prohibit the Department of the Treasury from assigning tax statuses to organizations based on their political beliefs and activities
- American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014
- A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests
- SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2014
- Free All Speech Act of 2014
- A bill to prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawfully created by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012
- Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act of 2014
And he has gotten more legislation passed than Marco Rubio in the Senate:
He has done something to address so many of the things I’ve been writing about on this blog – voter fraud, IRS discriminating against conservatives, etc. I am a Cruz supporter because I like Cruz, not because I oppose Trump and Rubio.
- Ted Cruz’s panel of foreign policy advisers represent diverse perspectives
- Which candidate is best at working with Democrats to get things done?
- Ted Cruz’s plan to lower taxes and simplify the process for filing tax returns
- Ted Cruz explains his position on the issues of abortion and right to life
- Ted Cruz introduces new bill to help ICE Agents enforce immigration laws
- Ted Cruz fought Rubio’s amnesty in 2013 and fought Obama’s executive amnesty in 2014
- Meet Ted Cruz’s secret weapon: his supportive and loving wife Heidi Cruz
- Watch Ted Cruz disagree with an Iowa farmer on the issue of ethanol subsidies
- Is Marco Rubio right about his attacks on Ted Cruz’s business tax plan?
- Ted Cruz’s scary, unreported, undisclosed Goldman Sachs loan
- Harvard Law Review: Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen and is eligible to become President
- Ted Cruz blasts Democrats for hiding immigration histories of terrorists in the USA
- CNN Debate: Ted Cruz hammers Marco Rubio over support for amnesty and Libya disaster
- Ted Cruz invites climate scientists to Washington, D.C. to discuss climate change
- The FIVE departments that Ted Cruz would shut down if elected president