Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

For the 3rd year in a row, Rand Paul has won the CPAC starw poll.

The poll contained 17 names, with an option to choose none of them. In the order they appeared on the ballot:

Rick Perry
Ted Cruz
Sarah Palin
Bobby Jindal
Jeb Bush
Donald Trump
Carly Fiorina
John Bolton
Chris Christie
George Pataki
Rick Santorum
Scott Walker
Marco Rubio
Lindsey Graham
Ben Carson
Mike Huckabee
Rand Paul


Via WaPo:
[M]ore than 3,000 attendees voted, a 20 percent increase over 2014's turnout.

Hundreds of Paul fans had streamed in from across the country for the multi-day event in National Harbor, Md -- but his percentage of the vote actually dropped, to 25.7 percent, from 31 percent in 2014. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) had made a major effort, sponsoring buses that brought supporters in from Washington, D.C. to Maryland and paying entry fees for some supporters – a push that brought him a fifth-place showing. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), who drew a significant level of grassroots excitement at the conference with a strong performance in his Friday address, drew 21.4 percent of the vote, dramatically and improving on his fifth place showing last year. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who finished second to Paul in 2014, drew 11.5 percent of the vote, roughly the same as he had in 2014.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who boasted a swell of grassroots support at CPAC, came in fourth place. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came in 10th place, with 2.8 percent of the vote.

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