Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday won by a wide margin a 2016 presidential straw poll conducted at Values Voter Summit, the three-day convention organized by the political arm of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC).

According to The Washington Post, 42 percent of attendees picked Cruz to be the next Republican nominee for president. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University and a Fox News contributor, edged out former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum by one vote to come in second place with 13 percent of the vote. Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida came in a distant fourth and fifth, with six and five percent of the vote, respectively.

“The Values Voter straw poll reveals what conservative, Republican-leaning voters are looking for in a potential candidate,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in releasing the poll's results. “Values voters are looking for those who will refuse to be bound by the 'can't mentality' of the establishment and will challenge the status quo. In short, values voters, many of whom did not fully engage in the last election, are looking for a leader that will inspire them by challenging President Obama and speak clearly and directly to the challenges facing America.”

Cruz, a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act, was interrupted by hecklers several times while delivering his speech on Friday, in which he continued to urge House Republicans to “stand strong” against the “nightmare that is ObamaCare.”

“It seems Obama's paid political operatives are out in force today,” he told the crowd after one of the interruptions.

While opposition to the health-care law was a central theme at this year's confab, many speakers also railed against increasing support for gay rights, including social conservatives Star Parker, who said gay people should “keep it private,” Sandy Rios, who claimed that gay men and lesbians are caught “in a web of deceit that is breaking hearts,” and Brian Brown, who said during a panel on marriage that allowing gay couples to marry deconstructs “what it means to be human.”

Other speakers who touched on gay rights included Rick Santorum, who hinted at a 2016 presidential run, Mike Huckabee, a former governor and a Fox News host, and Jim DeMint, a former senator and the current president of The Heritage Foundation.