Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll with 31 Percent of Vote


Rand Paul won the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, the WaPo reports:

Paul won 31 percent of the vote (compared with the 25 percent he won last year), beating a crowded field of more than two dozen names, including a number of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders. He crushed second-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who came in with 11 percent.

Rounding out of the top finishers in the poll, which was voted on by 2,459 CPAC attendees, were former neurosurgen Ben Carson (9 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8 percent).

Paul's father Ron and Mitt Romney have been the top picks in the CPAC straw polls since 2007.


  1. Chris L. says

    Ironically, winning the straw poll seems to be a great indication that the particular candidate in question doesn’t stand a chance of actually winning the Republican nomination for President.

  2. Randy says

    Rand Paul makes my skin crawl.

    Any Democrat _should_ have an easy win.

    But it’ll be easier if they don’t have a history of wasting money, authorizing wars, and enabling the spy system the internet has become.

  3. Lexis says

    31% is “The Winner” .. lol! .. Combined with the other “Top 3″ whose combined total makes up 28%, that still leaves a 41% majority voting for other conservative nutjobs that they don’t even care enough about.

  4. Chadd says

    Cruz thinks that Dole, McCain and Romney didn’t win because they just weren’t conservative enough and he came in second in the most wingnutted poll there is. Time to rethink your theory Ted? BTW Ted, do you think that people really wanted an ultra conservative president, but Romney just wasn’t conservative enough, so they voted for Obama? Yea, that’s how it works.

  5. anon says

    People are really turning a blind eye to the fact Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for the presidency. It used to be clear that you needed to be born with a territory of the US, or territorial waters in the case of Andrew Jackson, but now it’s very wishy-washy. I guess it just matters what the campaign donors think. The straw poll is not even run by CPAC. It’s staged at the end of the event you and you don’t need a ticket holder to vote, so as usual, the winner just hires people that will come in and vote for him.

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