Trump received 37.66 percent of the votes cast. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished second with 25.74 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is third with 17.26 percent, Dr. Ben Carson came in fourth at 11.62 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich finished fifth with 3.23 percent of the vote. The results are similar to those in other states and national polling.
Cramer organized the online poll after state party officials determined there wasn’t enough time to organize a caucus, as has been the tradition in recent election years.
“The complexity of the rules and the short timeline imposed on state parties made it difficult for the North Dakota GOP to conduct the traditional caucus in a way that would ensure integrity, so I thought I’d have some fun and conduct my own straw poll,” Cramer said in a statement. “Never in my career has a party preference process been this exciting and I wanted North Dakota Republicans to have an opportunity to weigh in with their votes.”
Voting in the straw poll began on Feb. 2 and concluded on March 7. The poll is not sanctioned by the National or State Republican Parties and is not binding on delegates, but Cramer says it serves as an informative tool for North Dakota’s delegates to the Republican National Committee.