(Daniel Sangjib Min/ AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch) (Daniel Sangjib Min/ AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

If there was any doubt whether conservatives want Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to run for president, that was banished Saturday night when he won the Values Voter Summit straw poll with 42 percent, giving him a double-digit advantage over his nearest competitors.

Cruz won the Family Research Council Action's contest -- often seen as an early indicator of which candidates would fare well in a GOP presidential primary -- while Ben Carson, a rising star in conservative circles, came in second, according to the group's news release. Both Carson and former GOP Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum -- who ran for president in 2012 -- received 13 percent of the vote, though Carson had one more vote than Santorum. GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) came in fourth and fifth, respectively, with 6 percent and 5 percent of the vote.