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Rand Paul Wins 2016 Presidential Straw Poll, Trounces Chris Christie
dailycaller.com ^ | 09/22/2013

Posted on 09/22/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

Sen. Rand Paul decisively won a straw poll held over the weekend in Michigan at a bi-annual gathering of Republicans, earning more than double the votes of rival New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, won 188 votes, or 36 percent, in the 2016 Mackinac Presidential Straw Poll. Christie came in at second with 82 votes, or 16 percent, in the poll.

“It’s always exciting to place first in anything,” Paul told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Sunday morning from Mackinac Island after the results were announced.

He noted that the Island is “overrun with limited government, small government conservatives.”

“Not too many liberals on the Island this week,” Paul said with a laugh.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in with 42 votes, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got 39 votes. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trailed behind at 36 votes. Of those at the conference, 526 voted.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Kentucky; US: Michigan; US: New Jersey; US: Texas; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: randpaul

1 posted on 09/22/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Paul is about third or fourth on my very short list of Republicans I will vote for.
Christi ain’t even on that list.
Palin
Cruz
Paul
2 posted on 09/22/2013 10:52:22 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Doesn’t mean anything, after he caves on funding obamacare.


3 posted on 09/22/2013 10:52:50 AM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Is this poll a regular thing? What’s its track record in predicting primary winners?


4 posted on 09/22/2013 10:54:01 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“He noted that the Island is “overrun with limited government, small government conservatives.”

“Not too many liberals on the Island this week,” Paul said with a laugh.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in with 42 votes, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got 39 votes. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trailed behind at 36 votes. Of those at the conference, 526 voted.”

From the voting it looks like the Island was overrun with liberals and RINOs.

When Runt Paul and Christie Creame are the top vote getters there weren’t many conservatives voting.


5 posted on 09/22/2013 10:55:36 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Go home fat boy!!! Run for the Donk presidential nomination.


6 posted on 09/22/2013 10:56:26 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I bet Ron Paul has won 6 times in a row


7 posted on 09/22/2013 10:57:18 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Rand isn’t perfect, but he’s a darned sight better than Christie.

I agree with others. For me its a short list. Cruz, Palin, and Paul are my list.


8 posted on 09/22/2013 10:57:23 AM PDT by marron
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To: Tupelo
Not bad.

Here's what your first and second choices have to say about him:

Sarah Palin: "I'm on Team Rand"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzpEq4jzIts

Ted Cruz: "I Am Proud To Stand Side By Side With Rand Paul"

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/07/29/ted_cruz_i_am_proud_to_stand_side_by_side_with_rand_paul.html

9 posted on 09/22/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.

Both are young and dynamic like the image Obama crafted for himself. This county wants young, not some senile backstabber like John McCain. Mitt Romney had a dynamic image but the Democrats were able to trash it and define Romney as an out of touch plutocrat who had no use for the white middle to lower class.


10 posted on 09/22/2013 11:00:22 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Tupelo

I doubt Palin will run.
That being said, Cruz is at the top of my list, but I would gladly vote for Rand Paul in a general election


11 posted on 09/22/2013 11:00:40 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: BarnacleCenturion

While I certainly prefer Paul to Christie (by far) they do have one thing in common.

Their chances of being elected President are somewhere between slim and none.


12 posted on 09/22/2013 11:00:58 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: svcw

“after he caves on funding obamacare.”

Don’t worry, he won’t cave.


13 posted on 09/22/2013 11:03:09 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Are these the same straw polls that Ron Paul consistently won because his followers, mostly the same as support Rand Paul, spammed the Straw Polls?

Remember both in 2008 and 2012 how Ron Paul would routinely win Straw Polls and he didn’t have a chance in Hell of winning anything.


14 posted on 09/22/2013 11:05:33 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Beagle8U

“When Runt Paul and Christie Creame are the top vote getters there weren’t many conservatives voting.”

All the recent polls have them both as the top two.

The RINO voters are rallying around Christie. And the tea party is firmly backing Rand.


15 posted on 09/22/2013 11:07:21 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: SoConPubbie

“Are these the same straw polls that Ron Paul consistently won”

No. Romney won the last one and then went on to win the nomination.


16 posted on 09/22/2013 11:09:22 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

They did pick Romney in 2011. It appears that a Paul wins the off years more often than not.


17 posted on 09/22/2013 11:12:01 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: BarnacleCenturion

-— And the tea party is firmly backing Rand. -—

I’m guessing that Rand has inherited his dad’s rabid voting block. Right now, the nomination is Ted’s to lose.


18 posted on 09/22/2013 11:14:15 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“The RINO voters are rallying around Christie. And the tea party is firmly backing Rand.”

Will they be backing him when they find out he is for amnisty for illegals, queer marriage, and about every other left wing idea? He don’t even want to stand firm against owebamacare.


19 posted on 09/22/2013 11:14:20 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Viennacon

Rand Paul isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he’s the best we have.
Palin needs to get serious and run for Senate


20 posted on 09/22/2013 11:14:39 AM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: BarnacleCenturion
No. Romney won the last one and then went on to win the nomination.

Yea, but you know what I mean. The Paul supporters routinely spam these things. Not a real reflection of reality when they are involved.
21 posted on 09/22/2013 11:15:30 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Beagle8U
Will they be backing him when they find out he is for amnisty for illegals, queer marriage, and about every other left wing idea?

LOL

22 posted on 09/22/2013 11:18:31 AM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: dennisw

“How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.

Both are young and dynamic”

Do you mean Rand? Don’t believe I’ve ever heard Ron called young and dynamic before.


23 posted on 09/22/2013 11:20:34 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president is zero.


24 posted on 09/22/2013 11:23:35 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I won’t vote for R. Paul for anything after amnesty


25 posted on 09/22/2013 11:23:45 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Repeal The 17th

Christie thinks the Democrats love him and will cross over and vote for him.

He’ll find out the hard way, if he gets the nomination, the media will treat him just like any other Republican.


26 posted on 09/22/2013 11:25:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Rand!!! I messed that up


27 posted on 09/22/2013 11:27:13 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: thorvaldr

If I thought he was the best we had, I’d be depressed out of my mind. We can do better.


28 posted on 09/22/2013 11:28:17 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: GeronL

“I won’t vote for R. Paul for anything after amnesty”

Bu Bu But he is for dope, lots and lots of dope, and queer marriage, and dope...

That about covers the main things Liberaltarians care about.

Give the average liberaltarian a big sack of dope to smoke with his queer boyfriend and you could get them to vote for Karl Marx!


29 posted on 09/22/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

lol


30 posted on 09/22/2013 11:31:23 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: dennisw

Um, did ya mean Rand, not Ron?


31 posted on 09/22/2013 11:35:48 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: dennisw

How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.”

...I would be beyond excited either way! Ted for POTUS is my 1st choice.


32 posted on 09/22/2013 11:49:02 AM PDT by albie
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Rand and his daddy have this straw poll thing down good.


33 posted on 09/22/2013 11:53:12 AM PDT by pallis
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To: svcw

Yep...he is his daddy’s boy.
He will never be pres. but may form a third party to help Hillary.


34 posted on 09/22/2013 12:13:16 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Tupelo
Paul is about third or fourth on my very short list of Republicans I will vote for. Christi ain’t even on that list.
Palin
Cruz
Paul

I wanted Palin to run in 2012 a lot, and I'd have supported her to the end. I don't understand her moves at this point. If she'd left the Alaska governor's post to prepare for a presidential run, that's one thing. But she didn't. If she left because she and her family were understandably sick of being smeared by the media - well, that's nothing to the treatment she'll get running for President. I've got doubts now about whether she's got the belly for the campaign, let alone the job.

Cruz is interesting - I know he's got views on immigration that I can respect, but I don't know enough about the man and his other views yet.

Rand Paul - I'm not on board with Libertarian views on foreign policy, but this nation is desperately in need of people in the federal government who honestly believe in small, limited government. There's no better place to start than at the top. If needed, I can vote for Paul.

I won't vote for Chris Christie under any circumstance. No matter how hard he plays to the right in the primary campaign, he has no credibility as a conservative.
35 posted on 09/22/2013 12:21:02 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Rand Paul does not articulate the necessary conviction we see in Cruz.

Cruz for POTUS!


36 posted on 09/22/2013 12:25:17 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: piytar; albie

Rand!!! as in Ayn Rand!!!


37 posted on 09/22/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
I don't understand her moves at this point.

My guess is that she saw that their was no way to win. It just wasn't going to happen in 2012.But she did say she could go out and make a difference as a private citizen. Her help for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz brought now them to the center stage of national politics.

Note how Syria fades to the background when real internal power politics are involved. Payback is going to be wicked once the pumps on this ship of state fall behind the many,many leaks.

Keep up the full court press!

38 posted on 09/22/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

“If she left because she and her family were understandably sick of being smeared by the media -....”

It wasn’t just the media smears (which set new world records for vileness, scope and persistence) — her whole family was being driven into bankruptcy by a tsunami of nuisance law suits related to her job as Governor. Even though none of those suits had merit, they were a huge distraction from the job of Governor. She said she was forced to resign, in the interests of Alaska, and to protect her family from ruin. The laws have been changed, and all future Governors will be protected from such harassment.


39 posted on 09/22/2013 12:53:16 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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"It wasn’t just the media smears (which set new world records for vileness, scope and persistence) — her whole family was being driven into bankruptcy by a tsunami of nuisance law suits related to her job as Governor. Even though none of those suits had merit, they were a huge distraction from the job of Governor."

Interesting that Dem office-holders, many of whom probably deserve it, never seem to face this kind of persecution.

Only the Newts, Delays and Palins, it seems.

40 posted on 09/22/2013 1:07:33 PM PDT by daler
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Only two on my list. Cruz and Paul. Too bad Paul is falling down on Obamacare.


41 posted on 09/22/2013 1:09:30 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Great, we’ll have to endure ANOTHER election of whiny Paulbots!


42 posted on 09/22/2013 1:38:47 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Beagle8U

I was thinking the same....


43 posted on 09/22/2013 2:12:38 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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Same family, same scam.
44 posted on 09/22/2013 3:20:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: marron

Same here. He’s on my short list.


45 posted on 09/22/2013 4:55:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I wasn’t at Mackinac this year, but that’s usually an establishment crowd, not a Paulite crowd or a tea party crowd. The fact that he won says that people are tired of neoconservative Bush policies.


46 posted on 09/23/2013 1:31:32 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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