Ohio conservatives - of the Tea Party variety - prefer Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination.
That’s according to the Toledo-based Ohio Conservatives United.
Spokesman John McAvoy said the group interviewed 2,000 people during June at meetings of 43 conservative groups.
It found Cruz, a U.S. Senator from Texas, the favorite at 34 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker getting 21 percent, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul third with 14 percent.
Not a favorite is Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He got 1.5 percent.
According to McAvoy:
“Based on the survey results so far, Ohio's conservative voters fully understand if they go to the polls split and fragmented amongst the really great conservative candidates, the establishment Republican wins. But if they unite around a single conservative candidate, that candidate has a huge advantage and stands a better chance of winning."
He said respondents also were asked if they would consider changing their vote in order to elect another conservative candidate. Results indicated that 42% of Ohio conservative would change their vote and another 42% may be persuaded to do so.