Senator Ted Cruz has been on a roll lately and he seems to be picking up steam as he goes.

Conor Finnegan of CNN reported…

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders.

The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week.

Cruz finished in first place in the annual conference’s presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Dr. Ben Carson, a Fox News commentator and conservative activist, finished in second with 29.38% while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was third with 10.43%.

Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry rounded out the top five, at 5.06% and 4.90%, respectively…

Cruz’s address was among the most popular. He was interrupted several times by cheers and standing ovations – especially when he told the crowd he was “convinced” the Republican Party would retake control of Congress in the midterm elections this fall.

The influence of Ted Cruz was felt in another Texas election recently.

FOX News Latino reported…

Ted Cruz’s Clout Climbs After Big Tea Party Wins In Texas

In Texas’s GOP primary runoff election this week, there was a winner whose name wasn’t on the ballot – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Cruz’s influence was prevalent in the runoff primary, where Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Rep. Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, lost to more conservative candidates.

The only candidate he officially endorsed, conservative Konni Burton, beat former state Rep. Mark Shelton with some 60 percent of the vote in the race for a state Senate seat.