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Pollster Zogby: Ted Cruz Weakest of Declared GOP Candidates

By    |   Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:45 AM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the weakest of the three Republican candidates who have thus far announced their candidacy for president, according to John Zogby of Zogby Analytics.

"Among the three who are in, I have a hard time finding where Ted Cruz goes from here," Zogby said Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum." "He's reached his peak. He's a social or Christian conservative and that's a very crowded field."

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"You've got some time-tested successful Christian conservatives. Mike Huckabee, who gets those votes, as will Rick Santorum, who also has a good organization, Ben Carson is out there posting some good numbers. It's going to be hard to find where Ted Cruz has some wiggle room, and he certainly has shown no capacity to go beyond that core base that he has."

In January, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida —who officially joined the GOP race Monday — took a huge leap in the polls, to 13 percent from 6 percent a month earlier.

"It was enough to move him overall from 5 or 6 percent into a player," said Zogby, co-author of "First Globals: Understanding, Managing, & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation."

"Before his announcement, you saw Rubio making some gains by defining himself as a new generation. You saw also some polls in Iowa and Colorado showing that, while Rand Paul defeats Hillary Clinton, Rubio is the next guy who's the strongest against Hillary Clinton in a general matchup in some key states.

"Now, what he's done is playing on a theme of a new generation and a new kind of Republican. It's become a party of old white men and Marco Rubio is not one of those. He's also the first bona fide presidential candidate born in the 1970s."

Along with Rubio and Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has also announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for president. 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is enjoying the best polling numbers at the moment, according to Zogby, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Walker "sort of had his quasi announcement back in January with the big speech in Iowa," said Zogby. "Captured the imagination of Iowa Republicans and conservatives nationally.

"But I do recall, four years ago, Republicans had a flavor of the month. Every candidate was in the top tier or leading eventually until the day before the Iowa caucuses. What Walker has to worry about is peaking too early."

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