Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll Again
CPAC takes an annual straw poll to gauge who the conservative attendees favor for the upcoming Republican presidential race. Seldom is a candidate who wins the straw poll successful in winning the party's nomination to the disappointment of the event's organizers. For the second year in a row, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won the straw poll with support from 30% of the attendees, drawing boos from many in the audience. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitch Romney came in second with 23%. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tied for third with 6% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 5%. Gov. Mitch Daniels, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) each received 4%. Sarah Palin received the support of just 3% of the attendees.