September 28, 2013 10:31 am -

Public Policy Polling shows Ted Cruz in the lead for Republcians in the run up to the 2016 presidential race. While many Republicans are likely holding their collective noses, this delights Democrats and the left, as who better to run against than the latest interpreter of Green Eggs and Ham.

Cruz (R-Texas) led all possible Republican candidates in left-leaning Public Policy Polling’s survey, taken after his 21-hour speech ended on Tuesday. His 20 percent support was 8 points higher than a similar survey done by PPP in July, and he was the only candidate to gain more than 1 point between the two polls.

Fellow tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was in second in the poll, with 17 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came in third at 14 percent. Both gained 1 point since July.

Rounding out the top, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in at 11 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both got 10 percent.