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07/29/2013 04:45 pm ET | Updated Jul 29, 2013

Ted Cruz Crushes Competition In 2016 Presidential Straw Poll At Conservative Summit

AP

Although U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has not expressed interest in running for president in 2016, he overwhelmingly won the support of conservatives at Colorado Christian University's fourth-annual Western Conservative Summit over the weekend.

The star speaker of the conservative conference, Cruz garnered 45 percent of the 504 votes cast and handily capturing the lead in the straw poll over Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- who delivered the keynote address at the summit and gathered 13 percent of the vote. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and former Florida Rep. Allen West (R) both tied for third with only 9 percent of the vote.

Paul didn't attend the summit while West was a featured speaker on Sunday.

So, with this level of support, would Cruz consider making a run for the 2016 GOP nomination for president?

“At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," Cruz said over the weekend, The Washington Times reports. "And the reason is simple: The Senate’s the battlefield. The Senate is where these fights are being fought,” Cruz added. “So I’m devoting my time, number one, to trying to stand up for free-market principles and the Constitution.”

Cruz, who spoke Saturday at the summit, drew standing applause for his plan to rewrite the nation's tax code, abolish the IRS and defund Obamacare, The Colorado Independent reported.

“We have to be focused on growth,” he told the attendees at the Hyatt ballroom in Denver. “That means remaking the tax code... abolishing the IRS."

Cruz added: “People tell me that Obamacare is killing the lower classes, gumming up the engine of growth. But we can end that. Over the next 60 days in Washington, we have the opportunity to defund Obamacare.”

The House GOP are planning their 40th attempt to repeal Obamacare this week, as some Republicans break rank over continuing a fight which is increasingly labeled as obstructionist.

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