US Political Survey: Texas Senator Ted Cruz Surges to Iowa Lead

A new U.S. political survey shows Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with strong support from evangelical Christians and conservative activists, has surged to the top among Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, the the farm state holding the party's first 2016 nominating contest.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll late Saturday said Cruz, who delights in agitating against Republican and Democratic political leaders alike in Washington, is now winning the support of 31 percent of Republicans likely to vote in the February 1 party caucuses, outdistancing billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump with 21 percent. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS ONLIE

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