Ted Cruz came out on top of the Sept. 16 CNN GOP debate, according to an online survey conducted by Empower Texans.

Of 3,203 respondents, Ted Cruz was declared the “winner” by 32 percent of the respondents. A close second went to Donald Trump, with 30 percent. Rounding out the top-three in the survey was Carly Fiorina with 16 percent.

Empower Texans has not endorsed in the GOP presidential primary.

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Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."