In a somewhat surprising poll, nearly 40 percent of voters in Florida believe that Texas state senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz may be the Zodiac Killer.
Or perhaps that would be more surprising news in any other state but Florida.
But, to give Florida its due, whether or not Ted Cruz may be the Zodiac Killer is a trending topic of interest. One of the top searches associated with the Republican candidate that begins with the phrase “Is Ted Cruz…” is actually “Is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer?” So it seems as though Florida may not be alone in its suspicions.
— Griffin (@NotGriffinNope) February 2, 2016
Interest in whether or not Ted Cruz is, in fact, the Zodiac Killer spiked in February of this year, but Twitter users, always quick to make jokes, have been demanding answers from the Texas conservative since 2013. Most reports agree that the fairly tongue-in-cheek demands to know whether Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer — he wasn’t even born, after all, until two years after the killings began — started because of an oddly titled speech Cruz gave at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2013, called “This is the Zodiac Speaking.”
#CPAC Alert: Ted Cruz is speaking!! His speech is titled: ‘This Is The Zodiac Speaking’
— Red Pill America (@RedPillAmerica) March 14, 2013
A recent poll from the left-leaning polling firm, Public Policy Polling, was persuaded by the comical internet chatter about Ted Cruz enough to include a question about whether or not Cruz is, indeed, the Zodiac Killer while polling the Sunshine State.
Public Policy Polling has made a name for itself by adding odd, amusing questions onto the end of its surveys. In December, the PPP found that a whopping 30 percent of Republican voters would absolutely support the bombing of Agrabah — which is a fictional city in Disney’s film, Aladdin.
In their most recent poll, PPP found that 10 percent of answered “Yes,” when asked if they believed Ted Cruz is responsible for the string of grisly, unsolved murders that took place in the early 70s. A further 28 percent answered that they were not sure. But, Ted Cruz can take comfort in the fact that a majority of 62 percent of voters in Florida don’t actually believe that he is the Zodiac Killer.
As PPP’s Tom Jensen wrote, “10% say he for sure is, and another 28% say that they are just not sure. Cruz is exonerated from being a toddler serial killer by 62% of the Sunshine State populace.”
— Davis. (@realdaveimboden) January 20, 2016
However, it seems that, in Florida, probably not being the Zodiac Killer is simply not enough reason to vote for a candidate. Both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio lead Cruz in that state.
Ted Cruz has refused to acknowledge the rumors — and the jokes — that he may be the Zodiac Killer. Of course, Cruz really is too young to be the Zodiac Killer. The first confirmed Zodiac killing happened in December 1968, although there may have been murders as early as 1963. In 1968, Cruz was two years old.
A little fact like that is not enough to stop Twitter, though.
I find it suspicious that no records of Ted Cruz’s whereabouts or activities exist for the time that the Zodiac Killer was active
— Zach Wilson (@covernode) September 17, 2015
The Washington Post also pointed out that, in addition to the fact that Ted Cruz would not have even been potty-trained when the Zodiac killer was active, the Texas senator prefers shotguns and rifles, whereas the Zodiac killer used handguns.
But the fact that Ted Cruz was a toddler in Canada rather than a grown man committing a spree of murders and sending complex ciphers to the police in California is not going to stop Florida from wondering, “What if…”
Florida, don’t ever change.
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