Skip to comments.Rand Paul wins The Washington Times-CPAC 2013 Straw Poll
Posted on 03/16/2013 2:40:59 PM PDT by advance_copy
Marco Rubio takes second place -
Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders who will take the Republican Party into the 2016 election.
Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote, and Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum was third with just 8 percent, New JerseyGov. Chris Christie who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference was next with 7 percent, and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOPs vice presidential nominee last year, was fifth with 6 percent.
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Rand Paul/Ted Cruz 2016!
Another good reason to keep mocking CPAC
The question is... will this victory be a blessing or a curse for Rand Paul? Only time will tell.
At the moment, I’m more focused on 2014, because if we fail to take the Senate and keep the House that year, we’re finished.
Paul/Ryan 2016 Get it? *SMIRK*
Anybody else see a problem with this group and their "pole"?
How’d McCain do?
I really like Ted Cruz. He’s on stage at CPAC right now, carried live on C-SPAN.
He blew a gasket.
He’s giving a great keynote.
I was really surprised that Ted Cruz did not win the straw poll..just at the mention of his name he got a huge applause..yet he had only 4 percent of the vote(With Sarah Palin at 3 percent) I guess the younger audience really loves Rand Paul
I wonder if his birth status is what kept him from getting more votes?
So how are things going these days with Revolutionary Curmudgeon Party?
The second they showed the poll of who was voting and it showed an overwhelmingly younger crowd I knew Rand Paul would win..younger people are more Libertarian, they love Rand and they love his father.
-— I guess the younger audience really loves Paul -—
His dad won last time. The Paulbots usually get bussed in, so no one takes the poll very seriously.
Oh you can bet the Obama kiss ass media reports “Sarah Palin only received 4 percent of the CPAC vote” yeah, because the whole place was full of PaulBots
It was likely a battle between Paul and Rubio. Those that don’t think Rubio goes far enough flocked to the candidate with a very strong base, Rand Paul. And those who don’t think a Rand Paul candidacy has a good chance in 2016 flocked to the other side, with Rubio.
Everyone else fell between the cracks.
Whoa! Slow down.
I like both of them very much, too; and I will probably defend them on FR when I think the naysayers are jumping the shark. Nonetheless, it's way too early to get that enthusiastic about either of them.
We have plenty of time to watch and question.
The poll is bogus..Ted Cruz gets a huge applause yet only gets 4 percent..rigged!!
The libertarians have been stuffing vote for this straw poll forever, Ron Paul won it how many times?
Well, I still like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz much better than the entire list. I do like Rand Paul in some respects.... loved his 13 hour stand for America and our constitution.
I am very pleased that Saintorum scored low.
Pretty good considering that Ron Paul wasn’t our nominee, what, 7 times or something. This straw poll has always been less than meaningless.
Many many times, so nothing should be surprising about these poll results
Cruz just made a strong defense of Israel and slammed Egypt’s foreign aid. He is very good.
The enthusiasm is good especially with 2014 on the horizon.
I LOVE Ted Cruz..I have been very impressed with him from the moment he came on the scene..he is a very good man and I LOVE how he smacks down the libs..if he ever ran for President he would get my vote
For me, CPAC is good for only one thing and only for the past two years: to provide a platform for Sarah to speak unrestrained on national TV. Other than that, it’s virtually useless for actual conservatives. CPAC has become a fake conservative front for the GOPe. Perhaps it always was.
1st 25% Rand Paul 2nd, 23% Marco Rubio 3rd, 8% Rick Santorum 4th, 7% Chris Christi 5th, 6% Paul Ryan 6th, 5% Scott Walker 7th, 4% Ken Carson Ted Cruz 9th, 3% Bobby Jindal Sarah Palin
Total 23 names on ballot + write ins if the voter chose to
I read in another thread that Jeb Bush requested his name NOT be placed on the CPAC Straw Poll. lol
I am surprised that Cruz only got 4%.
.Ted Cruz gets a huge applause yet only gets 4 percent..rigged!!
Voting was done before Cruz spoke.
Gee, do ya suppose that may because the voters know he is ineligible?
Romney has won the CPAC straw poll 4 times. Ron Paul has won it twice. It’s irrelevant.
Christie gets 7 percent and Sarah Palin gets 3 percent?
What kind of CPAC is this? Seems hardly Conservative.
Wasn’t Ken Carson Barbie’s boyfriend?
It will be very important for GOP candidates going forward to be fearless and unapologetic conservatives, respond immediately to Democrat smears, and go over the heads of the media and take their message directly to the people.
The candidates who can do that will prevail.
I wonder how many votes Jeb would have gotten... 5?
I'm all in favor of enthusiasm. I just don't want to see FReepers picking the candidate for '16 just yet. We're barely over last year's traumatic candidate-of-the-week free-for-all.
Mainstreaming amnesty for illegals.
Wow. CPAC really screwed Dr. Carson over, not putting the correct name on the ballot. Still, I’m surprised that many people voted for a plastic doll. Then again, I guess it would be a dramatic improvement on Obama.
Jeb Bush flopped at last night’s CPAC Reagan Dinner.
Jeb Bush underwhelms CPAC 2013 attendees
Slap.... my bad.
S/B Ben Carson
I made that mistake, not CPAC. Thanks for the correction
Sarah Palin gave a great speech!!
Jeb needs to forget 2016. If he’s too scared to put his name on the ballot at CPAC (which if he did, it would probably have been rigged to give him a win with 90%), then he’s too wimpy to run for president. Besides, nobody wants him to run except Tokyo Rove.
Ha ha ha!
Since Paulites were involved, I never trust those type of polls.
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