Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll By a Mile

Takes 31% of vote to Ted Cruz's 11%
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll By a Mile
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

For the second time in as many years, Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, he took 31% of the vote, far ahead of second-place Ted Cruz, who received 11%, the Washington Post reports. Behind Cruz were ex-neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with 9%, and Chris Christie, who scored a standing ovation at the conference, with 8%. The Post notes that the poll may not hold a lot of weight, since CPAC attendees make up just a small portion of the GOP. But the 2,500 who voted "typically hold outsized influence in the GOP's presidential selection process," notes the AP. (Read more Rand Paul stories.)

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