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Texas candidates could be top contenders in GOP straw poll for 2016 Presidential nomination

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Two top Texas Republicans will deliver opening remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

The three day event helps determine GOP policy, culminating Saturday night in a closely watched straw poll of who party leaders would like to see take the 2016 Presidential nomination for the party.

Governor Rick Perry and Senator John Cornyn will deliver opening remarks at Friday’s event. Senator Ted Cruz delivered a speech on Thursday. Cruz and Perry have been widely considered as interested in bidding for the 2016 candidacy, however both Republicans are stopping short of any formal indications of their intentions.

"There are all types of stories, all types of thing, all types of events that are going to occur between now and November 14,” Perry said in an interview with CNN. “They completely change the landscape of 2016. My focus and I hope most Republicans and Republican governors in particular will stay focused on 2014."

In Cruz’ speech Thursday, he highlighted the success the Republican party had in the 2010 election, when a number of Tea Party candidates were able to prove a strong showing, unseating many congressional incumbents.

“In ‘06, ‘08, ’12, we put our head down, we stood for nothing and we got walloped,” Cruz said in his speech to the crowd. “ The one election that was a tremendous election was in 2010, when Republicans drew a line in the sand. We said we stand unequivocally against Obamacare, against bankrupting the country and we won an history tidal wave of an election

"You are here today at CPAC because you understand the stakes in this country have never been higher,” Cruz added. “You are here because you understand that our country is at a crisis point."

However, much of the national attention remains on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who some call a more moderate choice for the GOP nomination. Yet, Christie is less popular with harder-line Tea Party Republicans.

The tone of conservatives on Thursday was similar: Republicans are in desperate need for an election win.

"We don't get to govern if we don't win,” Christie said to the crowd. “And it's not only bad when we don't get to govern, 'cause we don't get to mold and change our society. What's worse is they do."

The most anticipated part of the event occurs Saturday evening. That’s when officials release the results of the CPAC straw poll, giving an early look at which candidate leaders would like to see take the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination all the way to the White House.

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