The Fight to Right Washington: Conservatives Rally -- and Worry 

By Jane Hwang and Mark Silva - 2014-03-08T00:58:25Z

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A Stilted Affair

Attendees during a break. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas reminded Republicans of Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all "good men'' who never got to the Oval Office. "When you don't stand and draw a clear distinction,'' Cruz said, "Democrats celebrate.''  Cruz finished second, behind Rand Paul, in the presidential preference straw poll, collecting 11 percent of the vote.