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Texas GOP Straw Poll Ballot Has 14 Names

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz are just two of 12 names that will be on the presidential straw poll ballot at the Texas Republican Party's state convention this weekend in Fort Worth.

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Republicans from around Texas are descending on downtown Fort Worth for their party's annual convention this weekend. The event is drawing some big names. That includes some people exploring a run for president in 2016, such as Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

On Saturday, attendees will participate in a presidential straw poll. Given the wide-open nature of the race, party officials picked 14 names, all men, for attendees to choose from. Along with Cruz, Paul and Perry, the other names on the ballot are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Steve King, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, and Scott Walker.

The names will come up in random order for each ballot, all of which will be cast electronically, according to party spokesman Spencer Yeldell. Attendees will also have the option to cast a write-in ballot for someone not on the ballot, he said.   


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